Self portrait, Mayu Kanamori

My name is Mayu Kanamori. I am a Tokyo born artist living sometimes in Eora Country, otherwise known as Sydney and sometimes in Shinshu Shinanomachi. I take photographs, make collages, film and edit art documentaries, create performances, write plays and poems.


Instagram: @mayukanamori



1996 – Present

Philosopher’s Photos (artist, photographer, videographer, poet, storyteller, writer & researcher, producer/ as sole trader)


Yasukichi Murakami – Through A Distant Lens (Play / writer), Osaka University Nakanoshima Centre Studio


Yasukichi Murakami no Sekai-ten (Exhibition / Curator), Osaka University Nakanoshima Centre as part of Nakanoshima ni Itachi o Hanasu, Osaka University

Togatta Utamakura Project (Publication /artist in residence),  Togatta Residence 044 Maruyoshi, Togatta

Kikuchi Arts Centre as part of group show Mirai Nikki / Future Diary (Group exhibition / artist), Enjoy Contemporary Artspace, Wellington

Yake-ato-Sedai (Generation Post-burnings) (Publication / poet),  The Saltbush Review Issue 3

You wouldn’t like a very hot onsen & Vessel for the Honeysuckle (Publication / poet), Kalliope X Editorial Issue 4 Autumn 2023

Making of a Family Portrait  (Publication / poet) Otoliths issue sixty-eight, southern summer, 2023


Yasukichi Murakami Through A Distant Lens (Reading performance / writer), Ono Memorial Hall, Waseda University

Teiju to wa Nandaro (Exhibition / artist), Osaka University Museum as part of Shirushi no Ue o Tori ga Tobu, Osaka University


You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly (Film / writer / narrator / producer), Online, Shirushi no Ue o Tori ga Tobu, Osaka University

Untitled.Showa (Exhibition / facilitating artist), Level Up, 107 Projects @Central Park Mall

Untitled.Showa (Exhibition / facilitating artist), Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Untitled.Showa (Exhibition / facilitating artist), Daiei Shopping Street, Uzumasa as part of KG+

Untitled.Showa (Exhibition / facilitating artist), Nexus Arts, Adelaide as part of OzAsia Festival

Untitled.Showa (Talk Event / facilitating artist), 107 Projects @Redfern, as part of Head On Photo Festival


Cowra Voices (Audio smart phone app / creator audio stories), Nikkei Australia, Arts OutWest, Cowra Council and ABC Radio National

Cowra Japanese Cemetery Online Database (Online database / artist), Online


You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly (Theatre / writer / performer), Sex in the City, Customs House    Library, Sydney

Bonnou, as part of Eclectic (Group Exhibition / artist), ten-forty-seven gallery, Alexandria

Nicola Gunn with a River Flow, as part of The Loud and Luminous Project (Group Exhibition / artist),  Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy


Artist in Residence (Aritst) Bundanon Trust

You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly (Theatre / writer / performer), POETRY ON THE MOVE Boundary Crossings: A Festival of Poetry, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly (Theatre / writer / performer), Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), Callaway Music Auditorium, University of Western Australia

You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly (Theatre / writer / performer), Japan Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference, Wollongong University

Artist in Residence, I Just Can’t Say that Word (Theatre / writer / performer), Rex Cramphorn Studio, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, The University of Sydney


Artist in Residence, You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly (Researcher), Japan Studies Grant, Asian Collections, National Library of Australia

Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens (Theatre / writer), Riverside Theatres

The Heart of the Journey (Film / director), Vivo Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, as part of thistDays#2

AWASE MISO (Performance / performer), All Saints Anglican Church, Canowindra


Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens (Theatre / writer), Griffin Theatre Company

AWASE MISO (Performance / performer), WEST Project Space, Sound Bites #20 Body #2

Lustre: Pearling & Australia (Museum exhibition / creator audio stories), Nyamba Buru Yawuru & WA Museum

Artist-in-Residence, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia


Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens (Theatre / writer), 2014 OzAsia Festival, 2014 Shinju Matsuri Festival & 2014 Darwin Festival

Born in the Year of the Horse (Visual installation & story-telling / initiating artist), Crossing Our Cultural Boundaries, City of Sydney Chinese New Year

Artist-in-Residence, Macquarie University, Dept of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies

Jetty to Jetty Heritage Trail (Audio smart phone app / creator audio stories), Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Tourism WA & UDLA

Civilian Internment Arts Project (Workshops & performances / producer), Cowra Festival of International Understanding


A Night of Wonder (AV installation, performance & sculpture / collaborating artist), Sunrice & CAD Factory Contemporary Arts Partnership Arts Residency

Dead Calm (Live Photography performance / performer), NOW-Now Festival


CHIKA: A Documentary Performance (Theatre / creator, performer&producer), Festival Salihara, Jakarta

Beneath the Image – Conference paper with Dr Lorna Kaino, Visualising Australia, 13th Biennial GASt Conference, University of Stuttgart

Japanese Life Narratives – Conference presentation with Dr Keiko Tamura, Dr Yuriko Nagata, Dr Lorna Kaino, Framing Lives, 8th Biennial International Auto/Biography Association Conference, ANU

Japan Art Directory in Australia (On-line directory / curator), Japan Foundation, Sydney


Broome You Are Here (Documentary performance & workshops / facilitator & producer), Burdikin Youth in Action, Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Goolarri Media & Shinju Matsuri Festival

From Our School House (AV installation / story-teller & artist), CAD Factory Arts Residency

Live Photography (Live Photography performance / performer), HeadOn Photo Festival

Narrowed Eyes on a Duplicate World (AV installation & performance /collaborating artist), Articulate Project Space

Weather Mind (Photographic exhibition / photographer), Kaleidoscope Gallery

Being Asian in Australia and the United States (ARC – DP0880038 / researcher for Dr Tseen Khoo, RMIT)


In Repose (Theatre and exhibition / initiating artist, writer, performer & producer), OzAsia Festival & Japan Foundation, Sydney

B(e)aring Memory: Invoking the Dead, (Guest & collaborator for) Keynote speech by Jacqueline Lo, The Australiasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies, Australian National University


First Generation (Solo exhibition / artist), Viva La Gong, Wollongong City Art Gallery          

The Heart of the Journey to In Repose, (Featured artist), Asian Australian Identities Conference 3: Regionalising Asian Australian Identities, Curtin University

2007 – 2008

In Repose (Site specific performance & AV installation / initiating artist & producer), Thursday Island Japanese Cemetery & Gabi Titui Cultural Centre; Broome Japanese Cemetery & Gecko Gallery; Belgian Gardens Cemetery & Umbrella Studio

Island of the Ancients (Solo Exhibition / artist), Customs House Library

CHIKA: A Documentary Performance (Theatre / creator, performer & co producer), PerformanceSpace@ Carriagework, Sydney & OzAsia Festival


CHIKA: A Documentary Performance (Theatre / creator, performer & co producer), C.U.B. Malthouse


CHIKA (Radio documentary / producer), Radio Eye, ABC Radio National (repeat 2005)

2000 – 2004

The Heart of the Journey (Documentary performance / director & performer) 2004 YCAM (Yamaguchi Centre of Arts & Media), 2003 Darwin Festival, 2003 Christchurch Arts Festival, 2003 Post Mainstream Arts Festival, Tokyo, 2002 Carnivale, Performance Space, 2002 Fringe Festival, 2000 Shinju Festival


The Heart of the Journey (Radio documentary / producer), Radio Eye ABC Radio National

Sugao no Australia (Solo photographic exhibition as photographic artist), Konica Plaza, Tokyo

1996 – 1997

Unseen Faces of Japan (Solo exhibition / artist), Japanese Gardens, Cowra & Japan Foundation, Sydney


Selected Publications:

Fukui, M., Kanamori, M., 2017. The creation of Nikkei Australia: Rediscovering the Japanese diaspora in Australia. Journal of Australian Studies 41, 388–396. doi:10.1080/14443058.2017.1344997

Kanamori, M., Mackie, V., 2017. You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly. Japanese Studies 37, 387–394. doi:10.1080/10371397.2017.1363678

Kanamori, M., 2015. Would You Mind If I Settled Here? Amerasia Journal 36, 62–74. doi:10.17953/amer.36.2.980304k33443j073

Lo, J., Kanamori, M., 2013. Returning memory to earth: Towards Asian-Aboriginal reconciliation. Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 4, 67–78. doi:10.1386/cjmc.4.1.67_1


Selected Publication Mentions:

Lo, J. (2013) ‘’Why should we care?’: Some thoughts on cosmopolitan hauntings’, Memory Studies, 6(3), pp. 345–358.

Miles, M. and Gerster, R. (2018). Pacific Exposures. ANU Press.

Steains, T. (2020) ‘Nikkei Australian Identity and the work of Mayu Kanamori’, Japan in Australia: Culture, Context and Connections, pp. 130 – 148.