In July and August, I was in Japan participating in the first phase of the research and residency project – Re- & De-. The project partners are Onomichi City University, Japan and the Royal College of Art, UK. The research will take place in Japan, London and online via digital platforms over the next academic year. My fellow practitioners and researchers are RCA colleagues Dr Kyung Hwa Shon and Professor Tamaki Ono, and Associate Professor Yukata Inagawa from Onomichi City University. The project is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Royal College of Art.