Rie Yamada also known by her friends as Inddy, is a 27 years old Japanese photographer. She left her hometown Nagoya in Japan, to settle in Berlin in October 2011.
In 2008 I made a trip to Europe and visited above others Paris, Berlin, London and Barcelona. Those cities were wonderful but it’s with the German capital that I fell in love with! I could already back then imagine my future here, a peacefull daily life with a lot of possibilities. As I’m interested in Art and Design, Berlin is perfect for me! The city is full of artists, designers, galleries, museums and other institutions, there is always something to discover. Above that I was already interested in the German language and culture, I even took some German lessons at that time.
How does your daily life in Berlin look like?
Soon after I arrived in town I started being a student in a language school, I’m still going there five days a week and try to improve my German skills everyday. Daily, I play guitare and take a lot of photographes for myself or for some Japanese papers I work for as a correspondante from time to time. I’m also every day on the road to discover Berlin with my Japanese Nishiki bike, I like to visit exhibitions, watch movies with my friends, or meet them and cook diner together.
What are you favorites things about Berlin?
When I was living and working in Tokyo I couldn’t really relax, everything was going super fast all the time, here in Berlin I’m calm and my life is not stressfull. I also meet a lot of people from other countries, what didn’t happen that often in Japan. And as I said there is alot of room for creativity. You can always visit an exhibition or watch a movie. And there are also a lot of good partys!
Where in Berlin do you live & which are your favorite places?
I live in Kreuzberg. Close to my apartment there is the KaffeBar Jenseits where I like to go for a café while learning German. I also love to take a walk though the Turkish Market, and my favorite place is definetly Tempelhof.
Do you feel homesick?Can you imagine your future in Berlin?
Of course I can! I really want to stay in Berlin and built my life here. The city became my second homeland and I already have some plans! In a near future, I would like to study visual communication at the UdK to complete the studies in photography I made in Japan.
And no, I’m absolutly not homesick, once a week I speak with my family on Skype, this way I don’t miss them too much.
Do you think that Berlin is a multicultural city?
Yes! I’m happy to have friends from France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, U.S.A., Japan, South Korea, Brasil…
Thank you Rie!