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Soraya Umewaka

Japanese and Lebanese traditions mix in one filmmaker’s central Tokyo home

Writer

John Burns

Photographer

Sakie Miura

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‘Japanese and Lebanese cultures are almost polar opposites,’ says filmmaker Soraya Umewaka, ‘and I grew up with both in one home.’

Umewaka lives in central Tokyo with her Japanese father, Naohiko, and Lebanese mother, Madeleine. ‘My mother left Lebanon when she was 17 years old, and now she has lived in Japan longer than she ever lived in Lebanon,’ she says.

 

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Japanese and Lebanese traditions mix in one filmmaker’s central Tokyo home
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