Kaori was born in Japan and spent her childhood in Singapore. She graduated from TAMA Art University in Tokyo, Japan in 1993 and from 1993-1997 she did an apprenticeship in Theatre and Costume design with a renowned costume designer, and a member of the Yokohama Boat Theatre performance group.
From 1997-2001 she worked as an Art & Craft curator, travelling extensively around Japan before moving to the UK in 2001. She studied bookbinding with Midori Kunikata-Cockram at Jade Bookbinding Studio and later with Mark Cockram at Studio 5.
From 2003-2005 Kaori did an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell University of the Arts London, UK.
2005-2008. In 2005 Kaori began working at The Wyvern bindery undertaking all kinds of bookbinding work, mainly working with leather. In April 2020, Kaori took over the business as a Wyvern Bindery LLP with two other partners.
Kaori was elected as a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2020 and has won numerous prizes for her bookbinding work.