Sachiko moved to San Francisco from Japan in 1988 to study art. Her initial interest in art was jewelry making and then, gradually, graphic design. Later she branched out into mixed media and began creating narrative illustration. Currently, she enjoys creating whimsical and vibrant illustrations using collage and mixed media such as balsa wood, as well as with traditional techniques. Much of her work has been inspired by living and traveling in the United States and abroad. she has lived in Tokyo, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and currently in California. She has also lived in Uganda, in East Africa, where she had a group show with local artists at the Uganda National Museum. She has illustrated numerous books for young readers, such as Beach is to Fun, (named Best Childrenï¿½s book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education) and What is Science? (a finalist in the Children's Science Picture Book category of the 2007 SB&F Prize).|
Below are some of her recent projects, How to Be a Mensch by Leslie Kimmelman (Apples & Honey Press ), What Is Math? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (Christy Ottaviano Books), The Boy from the Dragon Palace by Margaret Read MacDonald (Albert Whitman & Company), Silly Tilly and the Royal Rules by Barbara Bakowski (Lerner Publishing Group), Late for School! & Oopsy, Teacher! by Carolrhoda Books (Carolrhoda Books), But I Read It on the Internet! by Toni Buzzeo (Upstart Books), The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen (Two Lions), No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo (Margaret K. McElderry Books), The Great Dewey Hunt by Toni Buzzeo (Upstart Books), First Food Fight This Fall and Other School Poems by Marilyn Singer (Sterling), Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler (Scholastic Inc.), Kitty Up! by Elizabeth Wojtusik (Dial).