Born in 1985 in Nara, Japan and a graduate from Osaka University of Foreign Studies. As a university student, she joined a NGO international volunteering program in 2006. In the following year, after her study in the US, she volunteered to help educational and community works in Mozambique for seven months. Then in 2008, she revisited the country to attend a seminar on Tropical Herbal Therapy.
She was a white-collar worker for a short time after graduated from the university. Now she lives in Ayabe City, Kyotoand leads a natural lifestyle on rice fields. She has learnt from the Mozambicans to give life your best shot. Furthermore, she believes the positive energy generated from her small life will have the power to change the world. In her daily life, she practices Japanese culture and continue to explore her life path.
A Part of Life in Mozambique
To students, there are four things one must experience in their university life: social clubs, love, study and part-time job. However, for Iwamoto, the most important thing was "international volunteering work". Through her amateur lens, she captured what she had seen during the seven-month stay in Mozambique. In this photo diary, instead of big events there are only direct observations of local people and their ordinary lives. It is an honest perception through the eyes of a Japanese citizen: the national language for Mozambicans is Spanish; children make toys out of car tyre and wire; local buses will not depart until it's full of passengers; the main food source is Xima (corn powder).
From expired Toyota cars, food and water resource, to medical and educational shortages, Iwamoto used simple words to convey her concerns and cares for the local communities. This small book will bring warmth to your heart and make you contented with what you already have. What Iwamoto wants to tell you here, however, is that:
There is a country called Mozambique unknown to most of us, yet it exists on the same planet we live on.
People there strive to live the "days" that we also count on our calendars.