Watch a recording of the talk in the player above.

In conjunction with Pride Month, Japan House London is delighted to present free screenings of Zero As You Are. This documentary, filmed by director Tokoi Miyuki over a period of nine years, offers an intimate insight into several turning points in the life of Sky, a young person from Kawasaki on a journey of self-discovery

Assigned female at birth, Sky was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of 13. Aged 20, Sky became the youngest person in Japan to undergo gender affirming surgery and to change their officially registered gender in the family registry. However, this has not concluded Sky’s self-exploration as Sky seeks to find a place in the world beyond the binary.

The screening on 25 June is followed by a conversation with Tokoi Miyuki and Sky. The speakers discuss the challenges and rewards of the nine-year-long process of making the documentary while Sky shares comments on encounters with inspirational mentors and insights into personal and professional development.

This film is in Japanese with English subtitles. Duration: approx. 90 minutes.

Guests who are booked to attend the screening can also enjoy 10% off drinks at The Stand on their way in.

Please be informed that there will be an hour intermission between the screening and talk event on 25 June. The Library located on the Lower Ground Floor as well as The Stand and The Shop on the Ground Floor will be open during this time.

Tokoi Miyuki

Tokoi Miyuki is an NHK World Producer specializing in architecture and arts, as well as issues that draw on the perspectives of socially vulnerable people. After graduating from International Christian University in Tokyo with a communications degree, she worked in the music industry as a director of a record company. She later obtained a master’s degree in film at the University of Bristol, and after returning to Japan, she started her career as an editor, director, and producer. She continues to produce news and reports in her areas of expertise, freelancing as producer and documentary director in both the UK and Japan. 

Sky Kobayashi

Sky was born in 1995 in Kawasaki. In the second year of junior high school, Sky began to wear the typical school uniform for boys and attended high school as a boy from the first year. Sky started hormone replacement therapy and other physical treatments while still in school. After graduation, Sky worked part-time and underwent gender affirming surgery soon after turning 20. They changed their registered gender to male in the family registry, and started attending a training school for voice actors, which was Sky's long-awaited dream. However, after identifying as a non-binary person, Sky decided to leave the voice-acting industry, where people are generally assigned to roles according to gender. Sky now freelances as a poet, accessory artist and voice actor.