I was born in Tokyo, grew up in Kyoto, Japan and currently live north of NYC in the woods. I am a lighting designer working in theatre, performing arts and fashion productions.
While I was working as a dancer in Japan, I felt lighting was always like magic. My body felt totally different once we had lighting for a rehearsal. Lighting can change us: visually, physically and emotionally. I wanted to explore why.
Since I became intrigued by the environment of light, my interest in lighting design has grown. My career as a lighting designer started with Nippon Television Network Corporation in Tokyo twenty years ago. After moving my base to New York, with the diversity of culture, new friends from all over the world and being away from my home country polished my eye and allowed me to concentrate on lighting design. Mainly for theatre and the performing arts. I also brought my skills and knowledge of lighting design for the camera and applied them to my new US work in fashion production lighting design.
I have a B.A. degree in Dance from Japan Women’s College of Physical Education in Tokyo, and a M.F.A. degree in Design for Stage and Film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.
NY Essay is my monthly column in the Journal of Japan Association of Lighting Engineers & Designers.