So finally, I found myself on the other side of a camera…

I had the opportunity to be an extra on a two different Japanese TV dramas.

An Army Investigator after WWII

The first one, “Two Homelands” is based on a novel “Futatsu no sokoku” by Toyoko Yamasaki.

It is a story of three brothers, US-born sons of Japanese immigrants during the years surrounding World War II and their conflicting loyalties for two countries.

Portrait of a US Army officer after WWII


I play an Army investigator in Hiroshima documenting the aftermath of the first atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.


US Army Investigators in Hiroshima, Japan. Screen capture.

I also play a guest at an Imperial hotel asking one of the main characters (played by Mikako Tabe), for a car.


A hotel guest asking for a car.

Hotel guests dressed in 1940's clothes.


The second one is a Japanese television series called Idaten, which shows stories of two Japanese Olympians, a marathon runnner Shiso Kanakuri, and swimming coach Masaji Tabata, known as a founding father of Japanese swimming and his efforts to bring the Olympics to Japan.

Two News reporters.


I portray a news reporter at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games and a Nazi officer at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.


A reporters badge pinned to a jacket.


It was a great new experience, which I really enjoyed, but I think I will stick to being the one who takes the pictures and videos ; )