Yoriko's father Takeji Takui, a young and adventurous scientist who had always wished to explore unknown worlds and connect with people outside of Japan, took his first opportunity to go abroad when he joined an internship with the University of British Columbia (UBC) during 1974 to 1978.

It was in their second year Yoriko was born, and with her parents and the elder sister Natsuko, she spent her very first two years in British Columbia (BC) before her family moved back to Japan.

Yoriko with her mother and elder sister
Natsuko, in Vancouver 1975.

Yoriko with her father
and Natsuko,
in Vancouver 1977.
Although those two years of her baby days quickly faded away from her memories leaving her no more than a few precious stories told by her parents, Yoriko kept a keen sense of wonder and ongoing curiosity towards the faraway land, her birthplace Canada.

Therefore when she turned sixteen, Yoriko took her opportunity to become an exchange student in North Dakota, U.S.A., where she spent two high school years learning English and the culture that was so foreign to her.

After graduating high school in the United States, Yoriko decided to move to BC as if to migrate back to her birth place.

She studied in the same university where her father long ago experienced his first meetings with North American people, and in 1998 she acquired Bachelor of Fine Art in UBC. Since then she has lived mostly in BC, regularly visiting her home country Japan.

With solid support of her family and friends on both continents, Yoriko has shared her creative journey with others through art exhibitions, story tellings, and dance performances. She travels across two worlds enjoying both cultures, but is most at home in the multicultural society of British Columbia.

Having interacted with people whose perspective differ radically from her own, Yoriko realizes the importance of deep listening that connects people beyond spoken words, and the importance of openness which invites compassion in one's thinking.

Yoriko is passionate about creating intentional communities in which people can inspire one another and co-exist in harmony. Aside from her own art practices, she facilitates creative workshops through which she explores co-creative dynamics that raise humanity above distinctions and differences, uniting as goneh.

Yoriko holds a strong belief that creative activities when experienced in group to create harmony and peace, can bring powerful healings among us.

Yoriko is a member of a NPO called Helios Learning Point Society that supports children and young adults with special needs. In Helios Learning Point Society, she hopes to support children find their true purposes in life as they discover and explore their unique talents and authentic expression of self through therapeutic artistic activities.

Yoriko with Natsuko,
her younger sister
Asako, and a friend
of her parents,
James, in Mie,
Japan 1980.

Yoriko with Asako,
in Nara, Japan 1984.

Yoriko in Mie, Japan 1989.
About Darshan (including Curriculum Vitae)

Yoriko with Asako and "Catty", in Osaka, Japan 1981.

Yoriko with Asako, in Nara, Japan 1984.