Born in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. After working for several companies including Mitsubishi Electric Co., Ltd. she studied on a postgraduate course at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH) as a foreign student, on a scholarship from the YKK Yoshida Scholarship Association. She then moved to England and completed a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art (RCA). After working at Dartington Crystal Ltd and Queensbury-Hunt-Levine Design in London, she established Kanae Design Labo in 1999. Her designs are inspired by the theme “from the table to the surroundings.” She is a winner of the Design Competition Prize from Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in the U.K., an Excellent Prize from the Tableware Festival of Tokyo Dome, and a Good Design Award in Japan, in addition to a Red Dot Award in Germany, iF Award in Germany, Dezeen Award in UK etc.,
Her works are housed at the Gera Art Museum in Germany. 2009–2010, a Good Design Award panel member. 2013, a Nagasaki Design Award panel member. 2017 & 2019 iF Award jury member. Currently, works as an appointed professor for the Okayama prefectural University through the Kyoto prefectural University as a associated professor.