Chats with 17 Tokyo youths below 25 years old in 2022 –

Episode 1 – Who are they?

It’s been two years since I was trapped in Singapore by Corona, and finally I am back in Tokyo again in 2022. I felt like a Tokyo Youth upon touching down.

My curiosity of Tokyo youth’s thoughts, or maybe I just want to talk to people from all over the world again, drove me to start this project

In total, there are 17 youths, of which 7 of them are Japanese, the rest are non Japanese living in Tokyo.

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What Makes Tokyo Youths Happy?

About this project

This project was an idea I got once I arrived in Tokyo end of March this year. After two years being in the pandemic, i jumped at the nearest chance of entering Japan using a student visa. Surrounded by many young people in my class, and the young people near where my school is located, I recalled the time when I was still a student in school…and I wondered if these young people here shared my happiness, troubles,dreams back when I was around twenty five years old.

Convincing these young people to open their hearts to me wasn’t an easy task. To be honest, I got rejected by many youths I approached and I can totally understand their decisions. Although i was lucky to not look my age, but i definitely do not look someone below twenty five years old. If i were them, I would not talk to myself either, especially after reading the questions I had for them.

I am really grateful for these seventeen youths that decided to trust me and gave me their answers for these questions that can be intimidating to some young people.

In this episode, it is one of the easiest questions in the series of questions I asked them. And I am glad they all had things that made them happy recently.