Hanayo was born in Tokyo in 1970. She studied in Paris while majoring in sculpture at Tamagawa University College of Arts. Soon after her return from Paris, Hanayo began training as a geisha apprentice in 1989 in Mukojima. She retired from the geisha world in 1995 and moved to the U.K. in 1995. Currently based in Berlin and Tokyo, she makes works as a photographer, geisha, musician, and model. Her photographs and collages capture and color her daily life in a fantastic light. She has also exhibited installations, in which music and three-dimensional elements are added to her collages and photographs. She performs frequently and has participated in numerous group and international exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Her solo exhibitions include “utsushiyumekuni”, PARCO GALLERY (Tokyo, 2000); “hanayo”, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2002); “Berlin” Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto (Kyoto, 2013). Her publications include Hanayome (Shinchosha, 1996); MAGMA (AKAAKA Art Publishing, 2008); berlin (Getsuyosha, 2013); Tenko (Case Publishing, 2016). Her music albums include wooden veil (dekorder, 2009); Gift (DHR Geist, 2000).