Yamato-e, a classical style of Japanese painting, originated in the capital Kyoto along with tanka (31-syllable Japanese poems) and kana (Japanese syllabaries); it lent elegance to the life of the Imperial Court and aristocracy in diverse ways.
Every piece I produce is imbued with my desire to bring the grace and refinement of those times into our modern world.
I would be happy if you could feel the gracefulness of the Heian court across the span of a thousand years.
1966: Born in Kyoto; the eldest daughter of Komao Hayashi, a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) of Toso Dolls
1984: Graduated from Department of Japanese-Style Painting, Kyoto City Dohda Senior High School of Arts
1986: Graduated from Course of Japanese-Style Painting, Kyoto College of Art
1987: Started as a traditional Japanese color painter
Hayashi has held many solo exhibitions, and other exhibitions include a joint show with the current generation Sotetsu Nakamura, who is a lacquerware artisan from Senke Jisshoku (Ten Craftsmen Families of the Senke Tea Schools), and a friend from her childhood.
2012: Published a textbook of yusoku crafts “Ocho no Katachi (Formality of the Imperial Court)” (text by Kaneki Inokuma; craftworks by Mikiko Hayashi) from Tankosha Publishing
2018: Received “Bvlgari Avrora Awards 2018”