(Artist statement)

I create my art with Oshi-E (押し絵).

Oshi-E is traditional Japanese craft technique with Kimino silk 
started over 1000 years ago.

A kimono starts with making a single silk thread and is created with the dedicated work and skill of many craftsmen. Many of them are passed down lovingly from generation to generation- this is the essence of Japanese culture.

However, as life styles change, many unknown kimonos
stay asleep in the closet and sometimes begin decaying.

I want to give new life to abandoned antique kimonos that are
too beautiful to throw away.

It is my great pleasure to see them being loved again.


1974   born in Kyoto Japan
2010   move to NewYork
2015   move to Bern Switzerland

Selected Solo Exhibition


Case Gallery in Château Gütsch Luzern Switzerland


AKANE Gallery Tokyo


Reso Box Gallery, NY


Reso Box Gallery, NY
AKANE Gallery Tokyo
Gallery Karahashi, Shiga Japan


AKANE Gallery Tokyo
Gallery Karahashi, Shiga Japan


Reso Box Gallery, NY
The Nippon Gallery, NY
(Sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan)

Selected Group Exhibition

2009 − 2020

Sankei Japanese calligraphy exhibition
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Japan)


Soloturn Kunst Super Markt Switzerland


Cool Japan World Trial in Mexico.
Centro Comercial Plaza ( Mexico City)

2012 − 2013

Kizuna Exhibition Charity for Tsunami victim (Shiga Japan)


Tokyo Wonder wall 2006 Exhibition

of award-winning works.
Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo (Tokyo Japan)

Education and Membership

Graduated from Kyoto Seika University
[Japanese Classical Painting] ( Japan)

Completed PERSONS School of Design Certificate program [Interior design] ( US )


Advanced Member of Sankei international
Japanese calligraph organization

Obtained O-1 visa for the United States of America
as an Artist, 2011-2014


Berner Zeitung
Gallery Guide ( NY)
Queens Chronicles (NY)
Weekly Biz (US)
Numero (Russia)
The Mainichi News Paper
The Sankei News Paper
Osaka Yomiuri Terevision
Shiga Terevision

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