Born and raised in Japan, and residing in Hokkaido, home to the Ainu, Japan's indigenous people. Professional Japanese-to-English translator and passionate Etegami artist. Published literary translations include Ainu folklore and the novels of the late, best-selling writer Miura Ayako. Creator of the "Etegami Sampler" series of themed collections of her etegami artworks. Author of A Beginner's Guide to Etegami.