Gen has lived and traveled across the US and Asia, and considers himself to be a product of multiculturalism. This unique background provides keen observation skills that allow him to capture distinct images. 

Having trained as a photojournalist with US newspapers (St. Petersburg Times - Florida, The Kansas City Star - Missouri, and The Hays Daily News - Kansas), Gen is currently a freelance photographer. World Press Photo and other organizations have recognized his work. 


Awards and recognitions: 

- World Press Photo - Daily Life Stories 

- Guest speaker at Asahi Shimbun newspaper sponsored events held at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography 

- Participant of special exhibition alongside World Press Photo 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography 

- National Geographic Int. Photography Contest (Japan) - People category 

- Ueno Hikoma Award (Japan) - Winning Images 

- Nikon Emerging Professional Scholarship - The Missouri Photo Workshop 




Work have been published and exhibited worldwide in museums, books, magazines, newspapers and websites.