Yoko is a native of Hiroshima, Japan, where she mastered the traditional ink and brush painting (Sumi-e). She broadened her artistic experience by studying at the University of Hawaii, where she graduated with a B.A. in Art. Specializing in pen and ink drawings and oil painting, her work received immediate acclaim and has been continually selected for juried gallery showings. Upon graduating, Yoko fell in love with scrimshaw and the natural medium for twin passions of fine detail and oil color. She resides on Kailua Beach on the island of O'ahu.