Tamayo Samejima is a Japanese Sumi-e painter, and chair of an Sumi-e ink 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 in Tokyo. She had brushed up her skills in a drawing school in Tokyo and an art college in London. While studying 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”. She have had solo exihibitions and on-stage painting performances in Tokyo, NY and Frankfult, and have collaborated with musicians and dancers. She have been featured on a TV program, as well as web and magazine articles. She is also working as an art writer and translator for museum exhibitions, books, magazines and websites, and am doing art classes to share creative joy.


- I use a superfine Sumi; a Japanese black ink stick made of pine trees soot and natural glue by all handmade traditional technique. I rub down it on a topmost Suzuri (ink stone) and make Sumi ink, each time I paint.

Recent Main Activities: 

Featured in a TV program ”Gururi Tokyo Sanpo” at Tokyo MX TV, Dec 24, 2022

Featured in a TV program ”Tokyo Crossing” at TV Tokyo and its official Youtube channel, June 29, 2021

Featured on Nikkei Asian Review, Dec. 19, 2019 edition

Painting school open studio at Ueno Studio, Tokyo, 2019 

Solo show at UPLINK Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, 2018 

Collaboration with a fashion brand, Little Eagle, 2018SS 

Painting Performance, Wedding Party, 2017 

Painting Performance, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, 2017 

Painting Performance, Saga Harenohi Photo Studio, 2017 

Dhillon Marty Salon: Sumie Presentation

 Collaboration with a fashion brand, Little Eagle, 2017SS 

Collaboration with a fashion college, Sugino Dress Maker Gakuin, Tokyo, Spring 2016 

Shinjuku TAKASHIMAYA, The Main Square, July,  2016  

Shinjuku ISETAN, Tea utensil department, February,  2016 

Painting Performance, Saga Harenohi Photo Studio, 2015 

On Stage Painting Performance, Whenever Wherever Festival white 2015, Tokyo 

Ruby Garden Dreams: Space 38|39, NY, USA, March 23, 2014 

Group show: Gallery Paku Paku An, Aoyama, Tokyo, Feb 7 - 23, 2014 

Sumie WS for children:  Ecole Charles-Lemoyne, Montreal, Canada, October 31, 2013 

Solo show:  Eonta Space, Jersey City, NJ, USA, October 12-27. 2013 

Tea Ceremony Art Show:  Mitsukoshi Department Store, Ebisu, Tokyo, October 11-17, 2013 

Japanese Culture Exposition:  Parc Floral De Paris, Paris, France, September 20-22, 2013 

Ethical Fashion Event:  London, UK, December 13, 2012 

Solo show:  Yukinoya, Aoyama, Tokyo, December 10-16, 2012 

Solo show:  Galerie Knoetzmann, Frankfurt, Germany, August 31 – October 3, 2012 

Sumi-e kimono for Tackey & Tsubasa (nation-wide famous Japanese singers) promotional video


Shops (past): 

Euphoria: London 

Shibuya Seibu: Tokyo 

Laforet: Harajuku, Tokyo 


tomorrowland (Shibuya / Jiyugaoka / Umeda-Daimaru, Osaka)