Nori grew up in Kyoto, Japan. Early in his childhood, Nori enjoyed handcrafting wood and bamboo with his father who was a carpenter. Craftsmanship inspired the fundamental creativity for his filmmaking. After obtaining two degrees in 2007- a BA in English at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and a BA in Media Studies at Pacific University in Oregon – Nori worked for a number of TV productions in Tokyo before moving to New York. Most of his works in Tokyo were in documentary films. The subjects varied from a homeless couple getting married to a mountaineering guide in Mt. Everest, and much more in between. His assistant directing documentary film, “Fortune in Disguise” – a self documentary by the director fighting breast cancer- was awarded with a Silver World Medal at the 2011 New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films. His intertests go beyond documentary filmmaking, as he further explores his skills in visual storytelling and cinematography.