Monika Mogi

This photo is special to me because I took it when I was 15 years old. It is of my then best friend Michelle in the middle of Shibuya crossing on a rainy day. Being young teens in Tokyo meant running around dressed up, drinking far more than we could handle, lying about our age and getting into clubs, dancing on the train, taking advantage of the politeness of Japanese people, and basically living like we owned the city. I realize looking back how much I wasn't afraid to embarrass myself and I feel as though I was more brave back then. Living the scandalous life of an underage girl. Many things have changed since then, we've grown apart, matured, and it is true that people and places do change within time.

featured in romka # 6, 2011