Rafaela Goomy

Hello world, my name is Goomy. I am a product designer and illustrator from Brazil and my expat life started when I was a few months old. I left Brazil to go to Venezuela and Argentina and only returned when I was 11 years old. The concept of home has always been slightly skewed for me, since I didn’t experience the whole ‘born and raised’ lifestyle most people do. Right now, I live in Tokyo. I first came to Japan in 2012 for a year of foreign exchange and I decided to come back after graduating. I came here with my husband when I won a scholarship from the government to carry out my research regarding prosthetic limbs. It has been a very exhilarating experience, but not for the faint of heart. Moving by yourself is completely different from bringing your family and it is something I only really learned once I experienced it. My husband is of the born-and-raised variety, so his experience moving was completely different from mine and everything was very new for him. We’ve both had an interest in Japan when we were younger, but I started learning the language while I was in Brazil and I had already visited the country, so it was more familiar to me once I arrived.

I do my research in an interdisciplinary lab in the University of Tokyo. It is the type of structure that is very hard to find in Brazil, with all it’s high quality machinery and generous funding that quench the thirst for knowledge that all the members seem to have. It is an privilege to work with my labmates and to be oriented by my Professor and it is very sad to think that my time here will be coming to an end soon, but I am already thinking of where I will take my adventure to next. The good thing about being a designer is that it is very global!

I recently started an Instagram and Twitter account for my art, so give me a follow if you’re interested!