WRITING / TRANSLATION for Art and Culture


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 till 2012, and has worked as a freelance writer and translator since then. 


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.


Mission & Purpose 

1. To highlight cross-cultural influences in art, both current and historical.  Specifically, to showcase the influences relating to Japanese art.  My intention is to show the connection spanning all cultures and the importance of mutual respect to create inspiration. 

2. To promote art created by current and historical minority groups into the mainstream. 

3. To shed light on the merits of historical art collectors to increase art supporters today.  

4. To share the healing power of art and creativity.



Education    • Art History and Art Study of Japanese and Asian Art, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, BA

                     • University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts, UK


Certificate    • National qualification for Art Curator

                      • TOEIC Score:950 


Art Column  A beginner’s guide to Japanese art: Painting on silk (kenpon chakushoku)

                      A beginner’s guide to Japanese art: How to read and handle emaki


Book translation JAPANESE GARDENS: KYOTO  

                                     Edo-Punk!  The Dynamic World of Ukiyo-e by Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi & Others


Other works (in Japanese)