Kushiro, Hokkaido. The vision of Japanese cranes stretching their wings in a field of snow, the red on the crowns of their heads reinforcing the thought of them as a manifestation of Japan, is breathtakingly beautiful. In the bitter -20°C cold of early morning, they stand silent and still on the river, filling the depths of my heart with the beautiful, fleeting strength of life. How much of this wildness do we humans have left? Shutting myself up alone in my workroom to finish a project, I think about this question, and feel as if I have turned into the crane-maiden weaving her cloth as like the Japanese folklore "The Crane’s Gratitude"
After graduating from university, Eriko Kaniwa worked as a producer at a major Tokyo television station before studying photography independently. In addition to exhibiting photographs in individual and group shows and continuing to work as a photographer, she has explored alternative education, cognitive science, depth psychology, and art communication.In 2013, she launched and carried out all photography, interviews, and setup for LUXUREARTH, a highly impactful web media project that made visible the philosophies of people working to create a more sustainable world. In 2014, she began developing a workshop program that applies the potential of photography to aesthetic education. She presented the program at domestic graduate schools, foreign-owned firms, international conferences, and think-tank-style business schools, and received positive feedback from over ninety percent of participants. Since 2016, she has refocused intensively on photography, Kaniwa is currently engaged fully in creative work.