Ever since I was a small child, I liked two things: to paint, and to flip through the pages of illustrated books of insects, plants, and animals. Until I learned that, centuries ago, scholars took painters with them on their research trips around the world, I never thought of connecting the two. I immediately thought, “How wonderful it would be if I could spend my days traveling around the world drawing plants and insects. ” Instead of going out for adventures and finding exciting new species, I found beauty in ordinary vegetables and trees on a street.  A common butterfly in my backyard became much more valuable than a rare undiscovered species.

My style happens to be realistic, but it doesn’t mean I literally copy my subject. I simply do not know how to share the beauty which my eyes capture, except for doing so in a painting.
” Painting  from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations, “stated Paul Cezanne.

Nature is not only pleasing my eyes. It inspires me in various ways. I wonder, I get curious, and I am amazed. If I see something interesting, my imagination flies like a butterfly. At the same time, it makes me worry.  We are facing many, many environmental problems.  Recently I have come to understand that I know very little about these issues, but I become aware of them more and more. It is too sad to think that this beautiful day today doesn’t last any longer than it does, but it is even sadder to imagine that a common butterfly won’t be here flying in our backyard for the later generation. Thoughts and worries of this kind are woven into my art works; however, my main motivation in creating them is to share the beauty of nature, celebrating simple joy of experiencing it.

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November – May 2020 The Shirley Sherwood Collection Botanical Art over 30 years
at Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London, UK
September 22nd annual international – American Society of Botanical Artists and Marin Art & Garden Center
at The Studio Marin Art & Garden Center,California, USA

Out of the Woods : Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens Gold medalist
at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Reedy galleryMinnesota, USA
Traveling show
___2018 at Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens   California, USA
___2107 at The New York Botanical Garden New York, USA

Something new, something old
at National Tropical botanical garden Hawaii,USA


The twentieth Annual International, at Wave Hill, New York,USA
The world wide botanical art show , at Makino memorial garden & museum ,Tokyo,Japan
Out of Limb, at Foundry Art Centre, Missouri, USA
“FLORENTIA” Mostra Internazionale di Arte Botanica – at Villa Bardini,Società Toscana di Orticultura, Florence, Italy

Out of the Woods : Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens 
The New York Botanical Garden, New York, USA
The International Association of Botanic Gardens, Shenzhen, China
19th Annual Botanical Art exhibition, Filoli, California, USA
Flora Japonica-Traveling show, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan
The twentith Annual International, The design center, New York,USA
Fruits of Paradise
National Tropical Botanical Garden Headquarters – Botanical Research Center, Hawaii, USA

“Flora Japonica”Royal Botanic Garden Kew, London, England
Outside In – Contemporary Natural History WorksArader Galleries, California, USA
Cornucopia :A Botanical Art Exhibit of Edible Plants
San Diego Botanic Garden – Ecke Building, California, USA
The nineteenth Annual International The Design Center, New York, USA

“Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition”,
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, California, USA
“The eighteenth Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition”Helen Gray Garber Award,
New York Design Center/The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, USA
“Qu’est-ce que c’est ?「これなあに?」”, Studio Miu Art, Singapore

“Prickly, Tender and Steamy : Artists in the Hothouse”, Wave Hill, New York, USA
“Wild, Weird, and Wondeful” – Gold medalist, The New York Botanical Garden, New York, USA

“Wave Hill workspace program”,  Wave Hill,  New York, USA
“Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art”,  The Arsenal Gallery, New York, USA
“Bronx Art Alliance: We are Still Here: Art in the Bronx”,  Andrew Freedman Home, New York, USA
“The sixteenth Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition”,  The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, USA The12th -15th (2009 – 2012)
“14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration”,  Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pennsylvania, USA

Solo show “A window on Nature ; Art of Asuka Hihisiki”,  The Arsenal Galley Central park, New York, USA
“Feast for the Eyes : the Art of Food”,  The Noyes Museum of Art,  New jersey, USA
“Focus on Nature XII” – Jury award winner,  New York State Museum,  Albany, USA

Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize – Highly commended award,  The South Australian Museum,  Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Green Currency ; Plants in the Economy – Silver medalist,  The Botanical garden,  New York, USA
“Garden to field  ; International Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Art”,  Southampton Cultural Center,  New York,   USA
“Winners showcase”,  Smithtown Township Arts Council Mills Pond House Gallery,  New York, USA

BOTANICA,  Hunterdon Art Museum,  New jersey, USA
“Of a Botanical Nature” – First place,  Smithtown Township Arts Council Mills Pond House Gallery,  New York, USA


Florilegium Society program, National Tropical botanical garden, Kauai island, Hawaii,USA

Workspace program in Wave Hill
New York , USA


New York botanical garden New York ,USA
National Tropical botanical garden Keiki workshop (children art) Kauai island Hawaii,USA

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, California, USA

Wave Hill  –  New York ,   USA
The Horticultural Society of New York  –  New York ,   USA

ASBA annual conference / Chicago Botanic Garden –  Chicago, USA
The Horticultural Society of New York  –  New York ,   USA