Yuga Profile Photo 20140609

Yuga Kurita

Born in Japan’s Saitama prefecture in 1971, Yuga Kurita spent years as a young adult backpacking throughout the world. He soon formed a bond with India and immersed himself in spiritual meditation, fasting, and enjoyed deep cultural connections. After returning to Japan Yuga spent years expressing his creativity through music with an Indian instrument know as the Sitar, synthesizers, and Vocaloid software. Regarding his music, Yuga noted, “I was struggling to create something completely new. As I tried to integrate many unique elements without outside support or influence, I pushed too experimental and went a bit too far.” Some years later, he joined Google+ and witnessed photographers directly interacting with their audience and was seized by the profound potential. With this he decided to pursue photography and pushed his creativity in a new direction. Yuga explored a range of subjects from people to landscapes. One day, after shooting Fuji all through the night, he heard a huge chorus of birds at dawn. As if being struck by lightning, Yuga suddenly realized Mt. Fuji had stolen his heart. He immediately packed his bags, moved to the Mt. Fuji area and spent his waking hours in pursuit. “I traveled in the world to find what I was looking for, now I found that it was always in Japan.”

13 thoughts on “PROFILE”

  1. Hi Yuga! Its one of the most inspiring stories I´ve read how someone founded their “call” in life. You now I love your photos and I haven´t forgot that I promised you to read what I write cos they allways kick start my imagination and creativity! Thank you for sharing your passion with the rest of the world! / Jennie from FB ^^/

  2. Hi Yuga,
    Beautiful photos and interesting story :)
    Even just in pictures, mountain has ability to calm me on rough days. And in many of your shoots i felt both amazement and fear.
    Have you ever come to Indonesia?

  3. Yuga

    I love all your photos, they’re all beautifully shot! Perhaps someday you will organize a Mt Fuji photo camp?


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  5. Hi Yuga

    I wonder if we could hook up in the Fuji San area sometime and take some shots together. My wife is Japanese and we go back every year and I usually take off alone while she stays with the parents. I could pay for fuel. Would you kindly contact me via email.
    PS, it’s a shame you’re not coming to the Gold Coast as I could have taken you to some great spots and I would be happy to take a week off work to show you around.


    1. Hi Bob. Sorry for the delayed reply. My schedule quite depends on the weather conditions as nature doesn’t care about my schedule except for when I’m in Tokyo during my exhibitions. Please contact me via FB or twitter when you are in the area. Thanks.

  6. Aloha Yuga,

    Your story was a delight to read…. and your photographs speak to my heart.

    it seems we traveled along similar song-lines to come to the work that we took birth for.

    I wanted to ask for permission or find out how I might use one of your images on my new website. Do you ever license rights for fair use?
    I made an arrangement like that once before , with Art Wolfe photography. I was unable to find your photographs at getty or istock shuttlestock and I did not want to use it without asking first.


    Elizabeth Burke

    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I’m sorry that I wasn’t very quick to respond to your messages. My best wishes for the success of your site.

  7. Hi Yuga San,

    We saw your post of “the Queen of the Night” on Flickr last week. It is so stunning it has sealed in our mind. It is also our most favorite picture on Flickr. Therefore We are writing to thank you for sharing it with us. We look forward your great Fujisan in coming soon.
    Zoë & Draco

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