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z_Element was raised with a sense of Japanese aesthetics from the moment her father returned from Okinawa, nine months after she was born. Her interest in the art and history of Japan has never waned. In 2010, shortly after stumbling across a series of photographs of traditional kinbaku ties she began her journey as a rope bottom. In 2011 she met Master “K” and soon after became his assistant and student. She has attended classes with Yakima Haruki (2012) and Akira Naka (2014) in Los Angeles. And In 2013 Master “K” and she co-founded the Spring Tiger Ryu dedicated to "raising awareness of, and nurturing interest in, the art, history, beauty, and safety of Kinbaku - through classes, creative salons, and similar cultural events.”