My secondary school had a darkroom used by the adult education programme. I attended those classes and learned basic black and white printing and processing, also a bit of E6. It was quite casual. While living In Tokyo, I started to take photography more seriously and really wanted to find out what I could do with the medium. I experimented with a lot of different films and by chance walked past the DOI lab one day. They had prints of Sato Tokihiro's "Breathing Lights" series in the window. I took some odd films that I had shot - Polaroid blue on white instant slide film - to ask if they could do prints. Any time that I had something unusual I would take it there and often saw amazing work being done. I pestered the then-manager, Nasukawa Fumio, who eventually agreed to let me come and watch what they were doing, one morning a week. I worked in the film processing department for a short while helping with colour tests for the E6 and C41 lines, then moved on to print in Black and White, at which point they gave me my own darkroom to use - I paid cost price for materials and if I left work to be done they gave me a substantial discount, they even toned prints that I left to dry there. Later I learned to print from colour negs and then colour positive printing, and finally learnt from the retoucher. I kept going there until I left Japan, for just over two years in all. Everything was done very carefully with great precision - they even exposed the frames on contact sheets individually with colour corrections. Nowhere I have been since has even come close to the level of care and attention that every job received there. Unfortunately, the lab folded shortly after I left.