Naoko completed a four-year degree course in design and glassblowing at Tama Art University in Tokyo. She has received many awards in Canada including the Canada Council “mid-career” grant. In 2002 Naoko was invited to be one of the jury members for the Saidy Bronfman Award in Ottawa. Since 2003 she has been commissioned to make the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. She creates hand-blown glass vessels with ethereal colours and intricate engraved designs usually depicting a visual metaphor or allegory. Naoko blows the vessel, in two transparent colours then etches away to reveal the bottom colour. Next she inlays the surface, front and back, with sheets of silver leaf. When the piece has cooled, she then engraves designs onto the areas covered with silver leaf. Through these pieces she conveys her sensitive interpretations of human figures, flowers, trees, animals, birds and other related images.