Japanese artist inspired by the Highlands
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | December 3, 2015
He won't reveal his age or talk too much about his past, but one thing Terry Rothschild will openly discuss is his love for the Haliburton Highlands.
"It took me right off depression," said Rothschild, who was born in London, England, but grew up in Kyoto, Japan.
"I'm having so much fun here, so much fun."
Rothschild first came to Haliburton several years ago as an exchange student. He describes that period as "the funnest time" time of his life.
In 2013 he returned to the Highlands for a two-week visit to see his good friend, Austin. The two first connected because of their interest in Japanese anime.
For his most recent visit, Rothschild arrived at the end of October and will be staying until the end of December. He is spending time with his former host family, the McIvors in West Guilford, and the Saxbys in Haliburton.
In Japan, Rothschild held a job as a teacher but decided to instead pursue his two true passions: music and acting (as an actor he goes by the alias Kino Rothschild).
"I've been acting since I was like three years old," he said. "I'm in many commercials."
He landed a role in Samurai X Part II, released last year.
As a musician, he draws inspiration from Prince, Michael Jackson and David Bowie. The music on his SoundCloud page includes a mixture of funk and electronic dance music which he calls "digital funk."
Rothschild possesses a black belt in karate, kendo and jiu jitsu.
He hopes these skills will enable him to obtain acting gigs in the future, either in London or Toronto. He currently remains undecided as to which city he will end up in.
"If I go to Toronto, I will definitely come back to Haliburton to visit," he said, adding he likes nature, the forests and marshes.
Anyone interested in listening to his music can go to soundcloud.com/modernboyofficial. Directors looking for an actor can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.