From Chiba, in Japan, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. After graduating, she became part of the social service sector for southeast Asian refugees and immigrants and was in charge of the inter-generational programs there. Yuko’s experience there enabled her to really learn about Southeast Asian culture.
In Nov 2009, she then decided to move to Siem Reap, and her interest in the arts connected her with art teacher Tomoko Kasahara one fateful day. This meeting has paved the way to her becoming the art coordinator of Small Art School. Currently, she is handling the public relations, marketing, and sales of the Small Art School and Khmer Kids Art Gallery.