Australian fashion designer Akira Isogawa has expressed his gratitude towards multiculturalism in Australia that inspired his personal as well as his professional life.

“Australians, well I suppose I could include myself, we have a forgiving nature that we allow, we welcome any sort of ethnic backgrounds,” Isogawa said as quoted by the ABC. “And that’s wonderful to see, it is quite stimulating creatively.”

Isogawa was born and brought up in Kyoto, Japan, but he has been living in Australia for over 30 years. He said he attained peace while here in the nation. “[Australia is] a very rare place to be I feel, particularly right at the moment with what’s going on in the rest of the world, which actually can be unsettling,” he said. “But Australia is a kind of sanctum, sort of a utopian place that actually you feel that there’s a harmony … a sense of balance, spiritually and physically. I feel fortunate to be in Australia right at the moment.”

Akira Isogawa is one of the most admired personalities for aspiring fashion designers and was in Bundaberg, Queensland to inaugurate Flora and Fauna: The Nature of Fashion exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery during the weekend.

It is not only the fashion designer who feels multiculturalism is an inspiration and influence, but Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had also expressed the same views while addressing Australia’s reaction to Brussels terror attacks that shook Belgium in March. According to The Guardian, Turnbull held Australia’s tolerance capacity and multicultural feature responsible for dealing with terror threats effectively when necessary. Turnbull claimed that there is no certainty of establishing a terrorism-free nation but Australia was better than many of its European counterparts in dealing with terrorism.

“That is why my government works hard to promote inclusion and mutual respect, ensuring that all communities and all faiths feel part of ours, the most successful multicultural society in the world,” the PM said in his Lowy Institute lecture on Wednesday.

Turnbull added that the reason behind this is the “strength of our intelligence and security agencies, our secure borders and our successful multicultural society; one that manages to be both secure and free.”