Tamayo Samejima has extensive knowledge in Japanese art. She is an art and culture expert with a national qualification as an art curator and has over 15 years of experience in writing and translation. She is experienced in making art museum audio guides, authoring art columns, and translating art books.
Tamayo graduated in Art Studies and Art History at Gakushuin University, and studied abroad at Camberwell College of Arts, UK. She worked for a global company making audio guides for museums and historical sites for 6 years, and has worked as a freelance writer and translator for 8 years.
Her work experience covers a wide range of areas such as Japanese Traditional Arts and Cultures (Nihonga, Sumi-e, Ukiyo-e and more), Buddhism and Shintoism Arts, Calligraphy, Archaic Civilizations, Western Classical and Modern Arts, Contemporary Arts, Ceramics and Photography.
She is also a Japanese Sumi-e painter, and chair of an ink wash painting school. Her items are available online on Etsy. During her first year of university she was enchanted by the work of Kaō, a Japanese Zen monk painter of the 14th century, and began training under the Sumi-e master Sōu Meguro. While studying abroad in London she launched her own brand of Sumi-e painted clothing, sold through Shibuya Seibu, Laforet Harajuku, hpfrance, and tomorrowland, and exhibited in a well-known fashion exhibition “rooms”.