I was born and raised in Tottori, Japan. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Textile Design at the Tama Art University, Tokyo and worked at the design company Lesmaines after graduating. I subsequently received my MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009. My design practice is shaped by my experiences in different cultures, and in textile design, advertising and graphic design; as well as typeface design, which was the core element of my Masters Thesis. My experience living in two different cultures has heightened my interest in finding balance between Eastern and Western design.