Xander is a photographer and writer from Somerset, UK. He lived in Murata town in the south of Miyagi for five years, working as an English teacher through the JET programme. During this time he often had the opportunity to travel and photograph Miyagi and the wider Tohoku region. He was an active member of a suzume odori (traditional sparrow dancing) group, taking part in Sendai’s Aoba Matsuri festival. His favourite things about Miyagi are the food, the people, all the colours of each season and snowboarding in the winter.