Maintenant Works





Selected Commercial Works

︎twelvebooks
Translation (2021-Present)
I work with Tokyo-based art book distributor twelvebooks regularly to provide English to Japanese translations for magazine press releases and copy for art books. These titles encompass a range of creative fields, including art, architecture, craft, critical theory, culture, design, fashion, film, photography, and print culture. 


︎ART iT
Editorial, Translation (2023)
As an editorial staff for the bilingual online contemporary art platform, I provided Japanese to English translations of articles relating to the promotion of various art initiatives and projects in Japan.


︎Yamanaka Suplex
Translation (2021–Present)
Providing regular translations for Yamanaka Suplex’s various exhibitions and projects, including Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel: Charting the Contours of Time (Kyoto Art Center, 2023), the Yamanaka Suplex annex “MINE,” and The Analogical Mirrors (2020).

English booklet for the 2020 drive-in exhibition The Analogical Mirrors available here.


Japanese to English translation of the booklet Infected Cities; a record of research by New York-based art unit exonemo as part of the Obayashi Foundation’s 2021 “Visions of the City - Obayashi Foundation Research Program.”

Limited edition of 300 copies were distributed freely from here.


Working with the organisation Art Translators Collective to deliver Japanese to English translations in the field of the creative arts.

The Rewilding of the Pop Spirits“ by ISHIKURA Toshiaki (a text from the publication accompanying the 2021 show Quivering flames, ardent earth by artist SHIMAUCHI Mika at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre). Available here.


︎Art Management Inc.
Translation (2021)
Japanese to English translation for the public art project and app Technopera—a digital opera set in Kobe’s Meriken Park using Augmented Reality (AR).


︎STORIED
Editorial Assistant
(Spring-Summer 2021)
STORIED is a Kyoto-based travel & lifestyle magazine inspired by the people, places, and crafts of Japan.

Featured work: “Listening to Minamidaitojima” (Volume Two: The Islands Issue, released in August, 2021) on the community field recording project ‘Soundscapes of Minamidaito Island’ by soundscape researcher IWATA Marie and ethnographer, field recording artist, and filmmaker YANAGISAWA Eisuke.


︎Native & Co
In-House Copywriter
(2019–2021)
Native & Co is a Notting Hill-based lifestyle store specialising in Japanese craftwares.
As in-house copywriter, I produced product copy and short-form content writing (e.g., journals, daily care guides, and newsletters) on Japanese craft and culture.



Product Descriptions | Journals | Product Naming | DM


︎Graphic Design
(2016-2018)
Pamphlet and promotional ephemera for commercial businesses and creatives, including Theatre Umeda and Kyoto Okazaki Tsutaya Books.


Poster and pamphlet design


︎Other
(2016-Present)
Japanese to English translations of exhibition texts for Gallery 9.5 (Hotel Anteroom Kyoto), UDS Ltd., and Gallery EN (Kyoto Okazaki Tsutaya Books).

I also provide assistance to various creatives, working as a studio assistant, interpreter, liaison, and tour guide for private art collections.




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