1968 - BA in Political Science, International Christian University, Tokyo

1970 - MA in Linguistics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

1968-1996 - Engaged in teaching japanese language and culture at American Universities from Hawaii to Harward

1981-1982 - Studied life drawing and figure painting with Ken Bushnell

Summer, 2004 - Studied classical realism at the Charles Cecil Studio, Florence


The Portrait Society of America

Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

Selected Exhibitions and Awards:

1986 Three paintings selected in Artists of Hawaii Show, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu

1996 Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

1997 Solo Show at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

1997 Award for the cover of ArtCalendar magazine, for Mummy Mummy

1997 Women’s Art Show at Dudley House, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

2003 Two portraits selected in Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2003, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui

2003 New Members Show, The Copley Society of Art, Boston

2003 Digital image of Portrait of the Late Congresswoman Patsy Mink listed in the archive of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

2003 Invited artist, The Downtown Art Show by the Hawaii Consortium for the Arts, Honolulu

2004 Admitted to the Portrait Registry at the Copley Society of Art in Boston

2005 Gallery AKUM, Vienna, Austria

2006 Portrait of a Labour Activist (Ah Quon McElrath), 9th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2006 Sigmund Freud with Sphinx on display at the Sigmund-Freud Universität, Vienna, Austria

2006 Gustav Mahler (“Das Lied von der Erde”) on display at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Künste, Vienna, Austria

2009 Solo Show, ‘I'magES: Bilder von der Tiefe (Images from the Depths)’, part of Austria-Japan Year 2009, at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, and Bergerhaus, Gumpoldskirchen, Austria 

2010 Portrait of the Late Congresswoman Patsy Mink, 13th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2010 ‘Die Macht Der Phantasie (Power of Fantasy)’, Grenzüberschreitende Manieristische-Phantastische Kunst (Cutting-edge Manneristic Fantastic Art)’, Barockschloss Riegersburg, Austria

2012 ‘Fantastic Generations, Uncommon Vision’, Phantasten Museum Wien at Palais Palffy, Vienna, Austria 

2017 ‘Reunion II’, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2018 Presentation of 'A-Boys' and 'Bog Queen', comparative philosophy conference on 'Subversion and Critiques', Academy de Midi, France

2019 Invited lecturer on 'Aspects of Japanese Visual Arts: Perspectives on Landscape, Reality, Masks, and Selfportraits', workshop on comparative philosophy and aesthetics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2019 Solo Show, 'Gesichter und Gestalten (Faces and Figures)', part of Austria-Japan Year 2019, Gallery Gewebe, Vienna, Austria


Eagle and Serpent, drawing for the cover of Nietzsche and Asian Thought, edited by Graham Parkes (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1991)

- Nietzsche, Freud, Wagner, Schopenhauer, et al., drawing for the cover of Composing the Soul, by Graham Parkes (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1994)

Zarathustra by the Sea, oil painting for the cover of Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Oxford Classics, translated by Graham Parkes (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005)

Ivy Leaves, pastel drawing, KulturAXE book project Eat Art, Austria Japan Year 2009

Sigmund Freud with Sphinx and Gustav Mahler (Song of the Earth), opera program (Tokyo Nikikai Opera Company, Tokyo, 2010)

Gustav Mahler (“Song of the Earth”), Nikikai Tsushin vol. 286 (Tokyo Nikikai Opera Company, Tokyo 2011)

Zarathustra by the Sea, oil painting for the cover of  the Korean translation of  Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Hangsuk Doo (Boobooks, Seoul, 2012)

Plumeria, drawing for the cover of Elémire Zolla, Il conoscitore di segreti, una biografia intellectuale, by Grazia Marchiano (Venice, 2012)

Self-Surgery, in Lexikon der Phantastischen Künstlerinnen & Künstler, Surrealiten/Phantasten/Symbolisten/Visionäre, 2nd Editon, Prof. Gerhard Habarta, (Internationales Archiv Fantatischer Künstler, Vienna 2013)

Bog QueenSelf Surgery and Arnold Schoenberg: tonal Variations in Lexikon der Phantastischen Künsterinnen, Surrealistinnen/Phantastinnen/Symbolistinnen/Visionärinnen, 1 st Edition, Prof. Gerhard Habarta, (Internationales Archiv Fantatischer Künstler, Vienna 2017) 

Gaia's Victory over Prometheus, drawing for the cover of How to Think of the CLIMATE CRISIS, A Philosophical Guide to Saner Ways of Living, by Graham Parkes (Bloomsbury, London, 2020)

Setsuko’s works are both in public and private collections.