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Since I began my career as a photojournalist in 1986, I have been growing this sense deeply while covering wars and environmental destruction; while learning of the lives of people who are affected with diseases; and while documenting the trials faced by people who are struggling to put troubled pasts behind them. Through my books, I try to bring focus to the efforts of people who are seeking to achieve a more harmonious society by applying the power of human-nature bond. I write about community gardens that revive war-torn communities; about incarcerated adults and youth rebuilding their self-esteem through caring for other life forms; about rescued animals helping abused children and at-risk youth; and much more. 

Atsuko Otsuka