Name: Gilles Duke
Title: Executive Director, TELL Japan
Place of birth: Chile
Years in Japan: 50
Where did you grow up and how did this place shape you?
I was born in Chile but grew up in Tokyo, interspersed with London, Nikko, southern Spain and a bunch of other places.
What first brought you to Japan?
My father was the cultural attaché (British Council) of the British Embassy from 1967 to 1977. He was personally responsible for the organization of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen in 1975.
Do you have a hobby?
The music, of course! I am also a prolific book reader and do some light gardening.
What are you very proud to have achieved?
Studio work with many Japanese artists. I’ve also translated for many visiting bands – Talking Heads, Echo & the Bunnymen, George Michael, ABC, Babyface, Sheena Ringo, among others.
What is your motto?
“When great evil comes, great good follows.” I also like the quote “As bad as things are, goodness will always prevail.”
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