I was born in Japan, raised in Canada and the USA, studied at Sophia University (Art History) in Tokyo, Japan as well as at University of Arts and Design (Photography) in Karlsruhe, Germany. I currently live in Berlin, Germany. I experienced different living environment throughout my life and confronted the differences between the Japanese background and the western environment. These experiences feed to my perception and interests in artistic practices. 
The act of searching is the central element of my artistic practice. I use photography as medium to capture forms in my everyday life that relate to history, social existence, and trends of our time. Some circumstances appear to me with certain strangeness, uniqueness, or transiency, and those situations and moments are captured as photographic images with respect. My approach to my own artistic works is with a methodical manner, but also with intuitive actions that are characterized by aesthetic decisions that investigate visual and sculptural aspect of photographic output in a printed form.
Education and residences:
2007 – 2016 studied Photography, Media Arts at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany
2002 – 2006 BA in Humaties, Faculty of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
1996 – 2000 lived in South Pasadena, California, USA
1991 – 1996 lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Grants and awards:
2022 NEUTSTART KULTUR Modul D: Digitale Vermittlungsformate
2021 INITIAL Sonderstipendium, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
2021 Artist Grant (for artist-in-residence), Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, Germany
2018 Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2016 Stipendium nach dem Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2016 NOMURA Art Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2015 POLA Art Foundation (Grants for Overseas Study for Young Artists), Tokyo, Japan
2013 Stipendium der Fördergesellschaft, ZKM, Germany
2012 DAAD – Award for Outstanding International Students in Germany

Selected solo exhibitions:
Coffee Break with Wataru Murakami, TTT Project House, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Fit In – In Between, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Still Life Tracing, TURBA Gallery, Hannover, Germany
Blind Spot, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Still Life Clusters – Works Combined from 7 out of 13, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany (Diploma)
Installing Prints in Takeshi‘s Castle, Cafe á Casa (Tokyo Tender Table Co., Ltd.), Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Narra, at Alice Cavoukdjian dite Galli & Dr. Bernhard Serexhe, Hirschstr. 164, 1.OG, 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany

Selected group exhibitions:
»Kunstfenster«, initiated by Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Billboards in 10 cities of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
69e EDITION Jeune Création, part of the program curated by Pierre-Marie Drapeau-Martin, La Chaufferie á la Fondation d'Entreprise Fiminico á Romainville, Paris, France
Von Denen Die Ausgezogen, Kunstverein Villa Streccius e.V., Landau, Germany
Image and Projection, POLA Museum Annex, Tokyo, Japan
I Hope You Consider What I Arranged, But Be Skeptical Of It, Hauptstätterstrasse 106A, Stuttgart, Germany
Open Minded, Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nußdorf, Germany
...and so it is reported, F/Stop Festival, Halle 14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
The Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, curated by Philipp Ziegler, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany
The Given And The Made, Regionale 16, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
The Walk – Visitors and Vesuvians, curated by Chiara Argentino, Wataru Murakami and Alexander Jackson Wyatt, Reale Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy
Latsch Mir Nicht In Die Kiste, Da Ist Theodolit Drin!, Luis Leu – Experimentelle Kunst Plattform, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Walk – Naples-Karlsruhe-Zürich-Karlsruhe, curated by Wataru Murakami, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany
Pretty Vacant, curated by Sophie Lapalu and Ann Stouvenel for Association Accélérateur de Particules, Regionale 14, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland
Übermalen, Darmstädter Sezession in Designhaus, Darmstadt, Germany

Commisional Work:
2012 ohne Titel and Réverie for the exhibition Camille Corot – Natur und Traum, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

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