Born in 1973 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from the Nippon Photography Institute. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as a photojournalist for Asahi Shimbun. In 1999, she met RongRong in Tokyo, and moved to Beijing to begin a new life just one year later. After arriving in Beijing, she and RongRong embarked upon a creative journey together. In 2007, the pair founded Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, which has since hosted numerous large international photography exhibitions, educational events, and photography salons. She promoted and planned three editions of the overwhelmingly popular Caochangdi PhotoSpring – Arles in Beijing. RongRong and inri initiated the Three Shadows Photography Award, now in its eighth year, to provide young Chinese photographers with a broader platform. In addition to working as an artist and the founder of Three Shadows, inri has also been involved in numerous international art events; since 2013, she has served as a nominator for Prix Pictet. In 2015, she was a judge for the Tokyo International Photography Competition and the Shiseido ART EGG.