We had the good fortune of connecting with Marina Fujiwara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marina, what makes you happy? Why?
Making useless machines makes me happy because building by an idea is a fun thing for me. Irrespective of whether that is useless or useful, Making things is a huge matter for me. It teaches me who I am, what I like, how I go.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an inventor making USELESS inventions. The reason why I do that comes from my inferiority complex to make things. I used to like making when I was a child, but I felt inferiority complex to that as I grew up. Because I was not good at making something. I thought adults have to make stuff look nice, but I made a mess. I was trying to make stuff look nice though. Then I named making useless things 無駄づくり（Muda-Zukuri, means making wasted things in Japanese) and I thought even adults can make a mess thing like a child. Because making things gives me a lot.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have to bring you to Akihabara when you come to Japan. As you know, Akihabara has a lot of things that you’ve never seen. There are many Maids on the street and anime and components that I don’t even know what it is.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Maywa Denki is my favorite artist since I was a child, and I really respect him. He influenced me to make useless things. And now he collaborates with me and made a new machine “YOUME COME” together.