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Hi I'm Niki

I grew up in Japan. I am a painter and a sculptor. I am a father and a husband. I live in New York City. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My childhood was in Saitama, Japan, and moved to California as a youth. I am a painter and sculptor and study architecture in the classical tradition. My son, wife, and I currently live, work and study in New York City. I enjoy the process of creating art, contemplating ideas, eating ethnic foods, reading with my son, and day dreaming with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

At the age of 18, I began to have deep questions about the void that I felt within, and the nature of happiness. Being in the dark and questioning, I was able to detect the answers which came dimly, hint by hint, until things became clear that all my life God has been watching over me. A growing feeling of assurance and gratitude still leads me through the ups and downs of life. I feel grateful for the anchoring I feel now and during tumultuous seasons of life, confident that God cares and has a plan for me, and for each of us.

How I live my faith

As an artist, I have learned of the inseparable nature between my faith in a benevolent Creator and the process and outcome of my creation. Whether conscious or subconscious, my beliefs influence every brush stroke and every modelling in clay, becoming a manifestation of my internal feelings about God and man. I also enjoy serving as a teacher in our small Japanese Sunday School class here in New York City. The simple but grounded faith of my class members strengthen me each Sunday in preparation for each new week.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As an artist and a student of the natural world, I marvel when I consider the design of all creation from the cosmic to the cosmetic. I have learned that He is not only in the grand design, but in each detail, every leaf, every wrinkle. To me, the Creator so inconspicuously signs his name on each of His handiwork, evident to every sincere viewer; a task not so hard when His works readily testify of the divine personality of the Creator, who loves beauty, is mindful of functionality, yet adores every individuality. Discovering Him, to me, in all His creations has been a source of ongoing enjoyment. And what's more, He truly has created them for us, for that very purpose! Show more Show less