Small Business Resiliency Program Coordinator
Born in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture of Japan.
After working in Japan as the official race announcer and pit reporter of Suzuka Circuit and Twin Ring Motegi and as an event coordinator & MC, she moved to Orlando, Florida with her one-year-old son and partner, where she started Taiko drumming at Walt Disney World.
After the 2008 financial crisis, she moved to Seattle and founded the microbusiness, “Japan Creative Arts” in 2009 which provided Japanese music, arts and culture mainly though “The School of TAIKO/太鼓の学校”. In addition, in 2014 she started to produce the “Bellevue World TAIKO Festival” to introduce and promote high quality, unique Japanese culture.
Since its founding, she has been in charge of it all - website production, accounting, grant writing, performance coordination, costume design, etc. - all while working as a Taiko instructor and performer.
She is pleased to take part in this new project to support the community in Japanese, taking advantage of her experience running a small business in the United States as a Japanese immigrant, to surviving the current challenging days due to COVID-19.