Wamono is made up of the words wa = Japan and mono = handcrafted pieces / physical objects / oneness. As its name suggests, wamono art represents established and emerging Japanese artists and the unique expression of their ambitions, experiences, philosophies, souls and aesthetics as condensed and expressed in their handcrafted original artworks.
Director and Art Consultant
Born in Tokyo. Since 1988, as exhibition producer for the Japan Art and Culture Association, she has organized exhibitions at museums of historical western paintings and decorative art, Buddhist art, and contemporary art. She was a curatorial assistant at MoMA New York in 1998, and has been an independent art consultant since 1999, involved in projects for the Japan Society New York, Sotheby’s Japan, the 2nd and 3rd Cotsen Bamboo Prize, and in supporting young bamboo artists in conjunction with Oita Prefecture, continually working to introduce Japanese art to the world. She has continued to organize museum exhibitions since establishing wamono art.
Born in Kanazawa, Japan, a city rich in arts and crafts, Noriko grew up in a family of artisans and a Living National Treasure. After studying arts and history at university and earning her Master of Business Administration at HEC, France, she has been living and working in Hong Kong for over ten years. She is passionate about introducing Japanese arts and crafts to the world outside of Japan.