Women in button-up blouses tucked into mid-length skirts twirl alongside men in suspenders and vests. Their white tennis shoes leap to the rhythm of swing music, as Japanese drums join in this cross-cultural dance.
It can be a challenge to express difficult emotions with words. Whether it's a perpetually messy roommate or the exhausting, cumulative frustration of systemic racism, sometimes it seems easier to just endure in silence.
Born in Japan's vibrant capital, Akinaga moved from Tokyo to the Bay Area at age 2. But as she spent most of her summers back in her home country, the move did nothing to dampen her ties to her native land.