Aurelio Asiain, Hirakata-shi, Osaka Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement A writer, poet, critic and translator, during most of my life I made a living as a publisher and editor, safe for the five years I served as a diplomat in charge of cultural affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Tokyo. Now I am a professor at Kansai Gandai University in Hirakata, a small city exactly between Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. As it happens with most writers, my first interest is reading; the second one is Japan. Photography is for my a way of reading (understanding, interpreting) Japan. I hope the images in this gallery will communicate my passion for this country of unending beauty, fascinating culture and wonderful people.