Born in Fukuoka, Japan. Atsushi gained a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with the major in anthropology in 2012. After working in Kyrgyzstan in the field of community development through cultural activities, he published “Kyrgyz-Japanese Dictionary 1.0” online. He worked as an assistant producer for the films “Machiya Shinshiroku” and “The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories” in 2014. In 2017, he gained his master’s degree in documentary filmmaking within DocNomads, an Erasmus Mundus program coordinated by three different universities in Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium. His first short film “Olivia,” (Portugal, 2016) co-directed by Anna Schlenker, was selected to the Cartagena International Film Festival and followed by screenings in five countries. His first solo short film “Até a pró/cima!” (Portugal, 2017) was screened in more than 10 film festivals in 7 different countries after having a world premiere at HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival. His second short film “Lost Three Make One Found” has been selected to Visions du Réel international film festival for its world premiere. Together with other international filmmakers he launched Cinecaravan(a) / Mozikaraván a moving cinema project that travels in North Portugal in 2017, extended to East Hungary and Transylvanian Romania in 2018, and to North England and South Scotland in 2019 to screen short documentaries and host filmmaking workshops in the socially or geographically peripheral communities. Currently he develops film projects from animation to documentary, while also working as a masseur, a literary translator and a local coordinator / fixer in Japan for foreign film projects.