(Tokyo, Japan 1963. She lives and works in Paris, France) In the 1990s, she studied at the Tokyo College of Photography, then at the Ecole nationale supérieure de la photographie of Arles and the Studio National des Arts Contemporaines in Le Fresnoy, France. In 2005, she won the first prize in “Self-portrait” at the International Photography Awards in New York. An artist and a photographer, her work centers mostly around self-portraits that creates an intense dialogue with minimalist, baroque, anthropological, and ethnographic elements. In a series created in 2003 entitled Marry me, she presents herself as a bride in wildly contrasting cultural identities, evoking legends, dreams, and memories. Her beautiful pictures—classical in manner and rich in color—shock the viewer with their intensity and directness. They are the sublimation of her sad childhood marked by abandon and wandering. From 2000 on, she has held solo shows in the most prestigious galleries and museums in Europe, Israel, and the US.