After gaining a BA in philosophy from a university in Tokyo, I started working in the fashion industry. My last job was working as a merchandiser for a well known American fashion designer at his Tokyo office.
I loved traveling to New York and always enjoyed being in a creative atmosphere, but felt something was missing. I wanted to create something with my own hands, rather than selling the results of other people's creativity.
When I was younger I lived in London for a while as a language student. During that time I took an evening class in jewellery. Working with precious metal was magical. I instantly knew that this was what I wanted to do.
I moved to London and studied jewellery full time at Sir John Cass Facluty of Arts then part of London Guildhall University. I studied jewellery, silversmithing, enamelling and engraving for four years.
While I was studying I was awarded Commendation for one of my designs at Craftsmanship & Design Awards held by Goldsmiths' Craft Council. I was planning to start my own workshop when I finished my degree course, but had to put that plan on hold to have my first child. After two babies and 10 years , I finally started my dream job.