Interview by Hannah Bailey
Photo courtesy of Yuri Murai except where stated
Japan is in the skate spotlight right now, with countless team trips passing through Tokyo and every skate brand’s Instagram account hinting at a Japan section. Whilst hype surrounds it, things on the island continue as usual. The skate scene in Japan has always coexisted with the global scene, including a strong and growing women’s scene. With skaters like Aori Nishimura throwing herself down massive stair sets and making a name for Japanese skaters in the global spotlight of Street League last year, there is more to come. Whilst in 2016 the US released ‘Quit Your Day Job‘ and the UK put out ‘Days Like These‘, the Joy and Sorrow crew in Japan have been working away on their third feature length female only skate flick. Videographer Yuri Murai has been busy since 2013 filming, editing and pushing out part 1, then 2 and now Joy and Sorrow 3. Whilst in Tokyo at the Japanese premiere of Quit Your Day Job with Mahfia TV and photographer Nam Chi Van, I took the chance to ask Yuri a few things about her long rolling film project.