I am a professional kimono dresser, photographer and makeup artist - with over 12 years of experience - working in New York City. I lived in Japan for nearly five years and graduated from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, where I began KiraKira Artistry LLC. At KiraKira Artistry LLC, I feel privileged to be able to share the beauty of kimono and tsumami kanzashi with my clients and colleagues. In my free time, I also have enjoyed learning the arts of wasai, temari, kotsuzumi and Nihon Buyo.

Reasons you applied the teacher's certification

I began making kanzashi 12 years ago. I believe formal training and certification paths play an important role in preserving traditional arts and ensuring that practitioners can develop a deep understanding of their craft from an inside perspective. Since I was young, I have always had a deep appreciate for the classical arts and culture of Japan. Being a kimono dresser, tsumami zaiku feels like a natural path to pursue as it’s an integral component in completing each ensemble. The fabric, colors and composition of tsumami kanzashi tell a story without any words. I am ecstatic to have received training in the traditional construction methods of tsumami kanzashi. I am grateful that I can now share this art with others.