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“Turning Japanese” is a series of work developed from a series of visits to Japan spanning from 1994 – 2004. These trips have triggered a memory from the Maruyama's past and her heritage (third generation Japanese-American) and this work addresses the contradictions of Japanese culture and its references to both Old Japan, and the contemporary Japan: samurai, Godzilla, zen gardens, pachinko parlors, anime, ukiyoe, geishas.