"I was born in Kanagawa, Japan. I have been living in Rotorua since 1999.
My mother side of the family had a farm to grow silk worms to make silk, that was my great grandparents’ business in the past.
There were looms in the house to weave silk fabric for family and who also did traditional plant dye at home. I believe that working with fibre and weaving are very natural for me.
I started Maori weaving in 2007, by learning weaving at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua for 2 years. I continued my learning on the Toi Paematua Raranga at Te Wananga O Aotearoa in 2010 and graduated with a Level 6 Toi Paematua.
Through my study I learnt a lot more about my family and Japanese culture as well as Maori culture and weaving.
I have been taking muka back to Japan to dye with Japanese indigo dye, according to the customary practices of my people, which I really enjoy. I keep challenging new design and form. I love combining Japanese traditions into my Maori weaving to tell the stories that unique to me. "