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.
Recently, her new film "Endless Correspondences" was an official selection at Pool 21 International dance Film Festival. She is a recipient of DIS-TANZ-SOLO 2020 and 2022.