I was born and raised in Japan and have lived in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland with my husband in summer 2010. Living in several small cities in different parts of the world has helped me to open my mind and has given me a positive attitude towards life. After working as an Early Childhood Care Educator for over ten years, I decided to follow my interest in crafts. I realized how much I love to create something with my own hands that can express an appreciation for my own culture. My design draws on a mix of Japanese cultural elements and elements from the cultures and places I have encountered living in Canada.