Naoko's art practice is both conceptual and personal, based on her experiences and ideas about migration. She arrived in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 from Japan, and her on-going theme is on the idea of 'a place of belonging'. She uses enamel on metals for her creations, to be wearable on a body or installed in a gallery. She has exhibited her works nationally as well as internationally, in the US, Spain, the Netherlands, Estonia and Japan.
Naoko is also a director of a sunday Japanese community class/school, Aozora Shokudo (Blue-sky Cafeteria) at CERES in Brunswick East in Melbourne. After experiencing as a homeroom teacher and a curriculum coordinator at a bilingual school, she decided to create a place for children including Japanese background to feel connected within a community through creative activities and sharing food, in Japanese.