I was born in Nagano, Japan in a wonderful family.
At age 3, I started training in classical ballet with my mom who is a ballet teacher using a dresser as a barre in a small living room.
My entire childhood and teenage years were totally focused on my dream to become a ballerina.
I got a lot of attention and worked very hard which culminated in winning a major ballet competition and I have had a fortunate career as a dancer since then.
I have been dancing professionally for nearly 30 years in Japan, Europe and America, including the Matsuyama Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, Het/Dutch National Ballet, the Rambert Dance Company and Armitage Gone! Dance. I worked and toured all over the world constantly with these companies and participated in the creation of over a dozen new works with various artists/collaborators.
During those years, I began to move toward dance with a more modern/contemporary sensibility.
Although I still think that being a performer is what I love doing most in life and I am not done yet.
But now, as a freelance artist in NYC and Berlin, I am exploring new forms of expression, graphic arts, video production and sculpture.
Especially, I have developed my passion as a video editor and a director. I have found that my internal artistic processes in creating these kinds of things is similar to my dance sensibility and I love exploring these new areas of creativity.
I have been collaborating with Yoshiko Chuma since 2014 as a performer / filmmaker.
I received a Bessie Award (NYC Dance & Performance Awards) in 2004 and was named one of Dance Magazine’s BEST PERFORMERS 2015.