Kura Tengyo

Teacher, communicator, storyteller. Defining his lifestyle as ‘vagabond,’ he uses teaching activities as a base for repeated perambulations and periods of residence in a variety of countries and regions, producing photo stories inspired by his experiences. Through interaction with people in the areas where he takes up residence, he makes waves in the relationships between residents and visitors, discovering diverse possibilities for communication in the process. In various locations around the globe, he undertakes activities on the theme of cross-cultural exchange, including giving lectures at universities, holding exhibitions of photographs from his travels, collaborating with contemporary artists, and planning events that showcase various cultures. As a teacher, he has undertaken support work at a Mongolian orphanage, for which he received an official commendation from the city of Ulaanbaatar. In addition, he was involved in a project to support Sri Lankan tsunami victims, organized Norway’s first exhibition about the atomic bomb, and became the first non-Latvian teacher to be nominated as best teacher in the country’s capital city, Riga.