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When one steps into Japan, one feels it is a country that has worked closely to guard its culture. Its strong sense of collectivism is like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it brings harmony, timeless traditions, and a refined conscientiousness into one's relationships with others and the outside world. On the other side, this communal mindset makes it difficult for one to embrace an identity that goes against the cultural grain. Micki's story invites us on a journey of personal metamorphosis, to see what it's like to express your truest self in a country whose norms run deep into its soil. Will her story illuminate the fluidity of identities that is happening to the world at large, in our time? Creatively, we wove in visual juxtapositions into the film to create a visceral sense of the contradictions she has to reconcile in her journey, between her inner and outer worlds, the old and modern Japanese culture, and the changing social definitions of what it means to be a woman.

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