Hi, my name is Yoko and I am a Japanese illustrator based in Oregon, US. After graduating art university with a BFA, I worked in the children's books industry for several years. Today (in 2022), I focus and enjoy surface and editorial works (greeting cards, spot illustrations, etc). When I'm not drawing, I enjoy cooking and baking for my sons, hiking in the summer.
I am a positive, open-minded, flexible and dead-line-oriented person.
Style & Tools
My style is strong shapes with some textures for extra expression. Also I love to play and experiment with different styles to create the best solution for my clients wishes. My go to tools are Procreate and Adobe Photoshop.
My next goal
Not limiting myself to linguistics, commission for a jigsaw puzzle, cook books/life-style magazine's spot illustrations, even more like covers, spreads and full pages. Those things sounds glamorous.
"Yoko made fantastically whimsical illustrations for a couple feature stories for us and knocked them out of the park. They really elevated the storytelling. She was a pleasure to work with, met very tight deadlines, and I look forward to working with her again." Brian McManus, Global Editorial Director, NMGnetwork
For project Inquiries, you can email me at
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