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I was born in Sapporo and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I had never touched clay in Japan. My ceramic journey began in Boston in 1992. When I first came to the US in 1989 I didn’t bring any bowls and plates and I couldn’t find them for Japanese food at that time. I decided to make them by myself and found the Radcliffe College Ceramic Studio. I focused on making functional work by both the wheel and hand-built. Since then I moved around almost every 2 to 3 years, back and forth to Japan, Philadelphia, and Chicago, I took several local ceramic classes and community college class of ceramics. I moved to Houston and started to take a class of Glassell School in 2002. I received Merit Award from Glassell School in 2018.