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Born in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan, Ms. Hakuno worked odd jobs there, ranging from a summer work in a noodle shop to hawking school uniforms. She moved to Osaka where she worked for the TVCM production company for seven years, and took a one year sabbatical in Los Angeles where she did some illustration for a Japanese language television station and slaved in a Okonomi-yaki shop.

Tired of odd jobs, Ms. Hakuno eventually returned to Osaka where she set up shop as a freelance storyboard artist, producing art for various advertising agencies and production studios for a decade. During this time, her experience honed her drawing skills, such that her manga illustration has been published by Kodansha in their Comic Morning magazine.

Presently, Ms. Hakuno is staying in the United States in Colorado Springs, Colorado, expanding her skills toward animation and digital art with Photoshop, Premiere, Painter, and Macromedia FLASH on her PowerMacintosh. Will she be staying longer in the U.S. or heading back home to Japan? She hasn't decided yet, but needless to say, she is always ready to try new and different things.

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Original artwork © Copyright 1998 Setsuko Hakuno