1988 – Born in Tokyo
2011 – Graduated New York University with honor (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
2014 – First solo exhibition 「kokotama bosatsu」(Kita-Aoyama, Tokyo)
2015 – Moved to Kita-Kamakura and opened small gallery "kokotama gallery"
2015 – 「Moon Mirror」and「Chihayahuru」solo exhibitions ( kokotama gallery )
2015 – Tokeiji Temple Gallery&Shop (Kita-Kamakura)
2015 – 「New form of Prayer」exhibition held by Isumu Butsuzo World（Matsuzakaya, Nagoya）
2015 – Dedicate a painting of White Tara to Golden Temple in Nepal
2016 – Collaboration event 「Heaven and Earth, The source」with Odissi dancer, Masako Ono (Butsunichi-an, Engakuji Temple)
2016 – 「The Source」solo exhibition at Isumu Butsuzou World Gallery (Omotesando, Tokyo)
2017 – Tera Cafe Daikanyama interior wall design (Daikanyama, Tokyo)
2017 – 「Modern Buddhism sculpture and paintings that resonate to our heart」 exhibition at Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
2017 – 「Ibuki」solo exhibition at Isumu Butsuzou World Gallery (Omotesando, Tokyo)
2017 – 「Light of Kannon」solo exhibition at Shoyeido Incense main shop in Kyoto（Kyoto）
2017 – Original Kannon painting for Jojuji Temple in Kyoto（Jojuji Temple, Kyoto）
2018 – Special Exhibition "kannon" at WAZA Concept Store in New York
2018 – Group Exhibition in Pleiades Gallery in New York
Youka was born in Tokyo.
Raised in a creative environment by parents who work in the fashion industry, she decided to study art in university to expand her creativity and broaden her perspective.
Youka studied at Boston University in her first year, and transferred to New York University from sophomore year. She graduated New York University (BFA) in 2011 with an honor.
After coming back to Japan, Youka worked as an art director, illustrator and designer, but she could not let go of her strong aspiration for art.
Spending time away from Japan, Youka became to see and appreciate her own country from a different perspective. This led to her greater interests in her own Japanese culture, tradition, religion, and way of thinking. She was touched especially by old Buddhism sculptures of Kannon (Bodhisattva), which have long been loved, treasured and passed down through the history. Kannon has become Youka’s important source of inspiration for her creation.
In 2013, Youka made a resolution to start her career as a painter and held her first solo exhibition. She is currently living in Kamakura city and owns her small gallery there. Her paintings show her unique sense of design and colors achieved through her creative background. Youka attempts to go beyond the Buddhism concept that inspires the modern society and resonates in the heart.
Youka also creates interesting artwork called “kokotama”. Kokotama literally means heart-jewel. It is Youka’s original artwork, which is a small painting on water droplet-shaped wood. Youka's kokotama represents a drop that reflects your own heart.