Japan Diary,” chronicles Azusa “Nigo” Adachi, Sara Hirayama, Rio Maehata, and Ari Marie Angeles, four women in Toyko, Japan using their own personal style to express themselves through skateboarding. At 29-years-old, Azusa "Nigo" not only picked up skateboarding but saw a lack of representation from the diverse group of women she saw at her local park.
Creativity is skateboarding’s longest-standing tradition. No parks, no ramps, no scene? Pool your resources, make something happen, and see who it inspires. That impulse to fill in the cracks and do what hasn’t been done is infinite, even at skateboarding’s biggest peak internationally, there’s always new stories to tell.
“I wanted girls to know that they don’t have to adhere to the stereotype of a skater girl...They can dress how they want, set up their skateboards how they want, and skate how they want.” — Azusa
Inspired to document their emerging scene and create synergy, she picked up a camera and created Skate Girls Snap to amplify their individuality. The collective has become a place to celebrate the vibrant culture and character of the women in their local scene.
More than a day-in-the-life, “Japan Diary” shows that progress comes in many forms, and every session forges friendships and fosters a culture that’s changing skateboarding’s future.
Gundam reach back into their collective stories to create two Dunk High styles that infuse Gundam’s sci-fi take on uniform design with the Dunk’s iconic heritage.
We talked with the athletes that descended upon Tokyo to compete in history. Follow along with Nyjah, Pamela, Yuto, Sky, Keet, Oski, Rayssa, Shane, Hayley, Leticia, and Aori as they talk about what it was like skating on the world stage.