I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. My memory of being strongly attracted to making things goes back to the age of five when my mother pointed out how unique my drawing of a cosmos flower was. Becoming an artist had come naturally to me, but after receiving my BFA from Tokyo Zokei University, I completely stopped making art. I doubted whether I could create anything meaningful. After contemplating for several years, I blew glass for the first time on a small island in the Sea of Japan and it made me want to create art again. I came to the U.S. in 1993 to attend the Pilchuck Glass School and worked for Dale Chihuly. After becoming independent in 2003, I have created twenty-six solo exhibits nationally and internationally, and my work has been included in museum collections.