How did you come about finding your style? What was the journey like?
I’m still far off from truly finding my own style, I’m just halfway through my journey, there are still so many challenges I have yet to face and that’s a really good thing.

Have you experimented with other art forms? When did you decide you wanted to become an illustrator?
I’ve been drawing since my childhood, but I wanted to try more abstract, emotional forms of expression so I studied at the Department of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Musashino Art University. Back then I worked with a focus on video production, photography and installations, I’ve also had my work exhibited at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography before.

However, when I experienced the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, I wanted to go back to quieter, stronger forms or expression, so I went back to creating and presenting illustration work again. Becoming an illustrator allows me to paint freely. Right now I want to focus on doing stronger, more peaceful illustrations, so I’d like to take more time with them.

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What materials do you paint with?
I paint on canvas with acrylic paint. I’ve also painted on paper with transparent watercolours and with coloured pencils along with other things before.

Is it your full time job?
It’s not yet, but I’d like it to be at some point.

What is your creative process?
Everything I do in my life, every single occurrence and event is part of my process.

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What’s the best and worst thing about living in Tokyo?
The best thing about living in Tokyo is that there are so many different sides to the city. Modern culture mixes with traditional culture. It’s chaotic, but that’s why it’s so interesting to me. The worst thing about it is that there are just too many people, I feel like I’m suffocating sometimes.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?
I think as long as you can be there with someone you love, anywhere can be your favourite place.

Can you share a song with us that inspires you? 

World’s End Girlfriend- 100 Years of Choke.

What advice would you give to other creatives?
I can’t give any advice in particular. Everyone is different in different ways, that’s exactly what creativity is about, I think.

Finally, what’s more important: happiness or fulfilment?
When you live up to your potential, happiness will soon follow. They aren’t things that you can compare; aren’t they two sides of the same coin?

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See more of her work at ninifuni-365.tumblr.com 

Japanese translations kindly provided by Jonathan Kaiser.