It has been said that Teri's unusual color combinations and designs recognizable in her free-hand paper cut illustrations are neither American nor Japanese in nature, but a borderless blend of both cultures accentuated by her own color scheme. Using bright, bold, energetic colored and patterned Japanese origami and washi papers, her characteristically warm-hearted happy-faced figures bring instant smiles to the faces of children and adults. Teri's paper cut illustrations can be found on covers of Columbia Records' children's CD's including Doki Doki Family (Meito), Mama to Isho (Akachan Honpo), All We Need, Kawaii Eigo no Uta, Yasashi Eigo no Uta and Teri's Magic Animals (Meito).

Aside from "Teri's Magic Scissors" three book series, Teri's first free-hand paper cut illustrated books were the bilingual "I Can Series", published by Britannica, Japan in 1988. Each of the three storybooks contains 5 Japanese doyo or children's songs, the characters of which were cleverly illustrated. A cassette tape accompanied each book with a story in Japanese and key phrases in English, followed by the song in English.

 

Exhibits

In 1989, I held two major exhibits featuring the Doyo book illustrations and other seasonal characters in Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store's Main Gallery and Futago Tamagawaen Takashimaya Department Store's Pose Gallery for women.

 

1975 Japanese Mainichi Club Magazine cover of special pictorial edition that commemorated the visit of the Showa Emperor and Empress to America.
     
These four students hold a banner with felt and material faces made by students from San Francisco Unified School District's Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program. This was presented to the Emperor and Empress during their visit to San Francisco. I assisted with the design, layout and cut free-hand all the black felt letters in the English and Japanese message that welcomed their majesties. Later, I had the honor of personally meeting the Emperor and Empress.