Ben is Sansei (third generation Japanese American). He grew up on a small family farm in rural California working in the fields and his father's store.

In elementary school, he began taking photos with his mother's 1940s era Japanese camera, teaching himself how to develop film and prints in the hall bathroom.

Decades later as an adult, Ben found his voice in writing stories and has come to understand the importance of stories as therapy and as a way of passing "wisdom" onto the next generation.

He was "accidentially" discovered by Ikeibi Films when he was cast in the role of Phil Nakamura in Infinity & Chashu Ramen (2013). Once the acting bug in him faded, he has worked as a director of photography, as well as on special effects, for various Ikeibi Films projects.