Junko Koshino participated in Paris fashion collections for 22 years starting in 1978. She’s held shows in Beijing, New York (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Vietnam, Cuba, Poland, Myanmar, Russia, Spain, and elsewhere. She’s been involved with designing costumes for the operas The Magic Flute and Madame Butterfly, for the Broadway musical Pacific Overtures (for which she was nominated for a Tony award), and Drum Tao, as well as uniforms for sports, fireworks, and the JOC’s second emblem. She’s also involved with programs to help revitalize disaster-stricken areas. She’s a member of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Culture and Education Commission, an Expo 2025 Invitation Ambassador, an Osaka Marathon Ambassador, and a 2017 Person of Cultural Merit. You can hear her in a program entitled Junko Koshino Masaca on TBS radio every Sunday at 5:00 pm.
When I was little, my mother took me and my two sisters to Koyasan every summer during our vacation. We took the Nankai Line from Kishiwada, where we lived, and changed to the Koya Line in Namba. I remember long, orderly, cool-feeling roads that were completely different from the ordinary world I lived in. We stayed at a temple and ate vegetarian meals. That experience, and those memories, play a big role in my current job. Koyasan is a World Heritage, and the pride of all Japan. It is my hope that people around the world will come to see this beautiful and authentic place.