Born in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture. Owner of Art Salon Terakoya.
Studied kimono making at the Fujikage College of Kimono making.
In 1985, I started Etsuko’s Kimono Making Class in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture, and has been teaching kimono sewing techniques and conducting kimono matching.
Kimonos are a traditional Japanese handicraft and a valuable cultural heritage, as they are made by many craftsmen who carefully select materials and polish their skills in several processes. However, with the passage of time, we have noticed that they are gradually fading away and being left behind. In 2010, with the idea of “spreading Japanese traditional handicrafts as art,” I found a 300-year-old building that used to be a terakoya (a private elementary school of the Edo period), and established Gallery Terakoya.
Ten years have passed since the opening of the gallery, and in August 2021, the name was changed to “Art Salon Terakoya.” In the future, I would like to further promote Japanese traditional crafts not only in Japan but also overseas.
With the desire to be a place that connects the maker and the user, we offer a wide range of art from classical to contemporary art, including Japanese and Western paintings, oil paintings, handicrafts, and kimonos, and hope to continue to develop art that combines tradition and art.