Tell us about yourself.

My name is Emi Ozaki. I work as an illustrator. I also do a little graphic design. I’m a Hiroshima native through and through.

What color captures you best?

Red or yellow. I like wearing red clothes and I use a lot of yellow in my pictures.

Tell us about one job that makes you unique.

This might be a bit vague, but “illustration” work.

What’s appealing aspect of this job?.

While it’s true that my own illustrations are like a part of myself, and they give me the opportunity to connect and work with many different people, the fact that it is “work” means that I’m drawing something I couldn’t have thought up on my own. It is born from the process of exchanging ideas with the other party. I think that aspect is fascinating and fun as well. I love the meetings and discovery process that comes with working as an illustrator.

Who do you seek advice from on work matters?

My friends. They’re all have kind of a warped personality (laughs), but they’re well centered and unwavering, and I am lucky to be able to rely on them.

What’s something that you are insecure about?

I have narrow shoulders.

What’s your soundtrack at work?

I’m way behind the times, but I’m currently hooked on Ringo Sheena. I do my work while listening and singing along with her songs.

What’s something you like in your workplace?

My Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen

Do you think about work in your private time?

I do. There isn’t much of a boundary separating the two, which can be difficult at times.

Who do you admire?

My father. I don’t think I could become like him even if I tried my hardest.

What book is on your bedside table?

I don’t usually read before bed, but the last thing I read that left an impression on me was a collection of writings by women called “Women and Work”, published in the magazine, “Work Context”.

If you could do any other job, what would it be?

I want to become a female version of Tamio Okuda, so a musician.

Who will you meet tomorrow?

A hairdresser in Kichijōji that I have been going to ever since I came to Tokyo. I’m going to get a stylish update.

What will you do on your next day off if the weather is good?

I want to go to a tonkatsu restaurant in Kamata

Any final words?

I plan to continue making a living with my drawings. See this>>