Photo and interview by Lee Basford
Californian expat and CEO of Knee High Media Japan, Lucas Badtke-Berkow, speaks to Lee Basford for Survey in Tokyo.
You came to live in Japan almost 20 years ago, what was it that led you here in the beginning?
I came to Japan the very next day after graduating from the University of California in Santa Cruz. I had never traveled outside of the US. I had lived in America and studied in America for a good 23 years; so I felt I needed to experience a change of culture and find somewhere that was inspiring for me. That place was Japan. I had been creating school newspapers, literature journals, writing and designing since elementary school and through University. I was a magazine addict. I also had a strong interest in Japanese fashion and design, and in San Francisco's Kinokuniya's bookshop I was able to see a lot of Japanese publications first hand.