Hi, I'm Yuriko.

I'm a journalism graduate student based in Boston, MA. I'm from Osaka Japan, and I previously worked for a Japanese national newspaper as a staff writer. Now, I'm focusing on interactive data visualization for the web.

My works:

Kyoto’s cherry blossoms blooming earlier than ever

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I visualized cherry blossom's peak dates since 812. I took this as a design challenge: I combined a pictogram scatterplot and histogram.


As you scroll, scatterplot will form into histogram, while a bar on the smaller version will move automatically. By dragging and dropping the bar, the page will scroll to where the bar is dropped.

  • R
  • d3.js
  • June 2021

Scrollytelling map of BPD's body cam footage

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Demonstrations in downtown Boston on May 31, 2020 turned into violent clashes between protesters and police. I tracked key moments between protesters and police that night using body camera footage revealed by a news and commentary website about the justice system, The Appeal.


I developed based on a scrollytelling template offered by a custom online mapping tool, Mapbox, which uses a JavaScript library scrollama.js.

  • Mapbox GL JS
  • d3.js
  • May 2021

Multimedia story featuring touch swiping

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My teammates and I completed this multimedia project, which tells various stories of young people surrounding dating apps during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The page was designed to give familiarity with dating apps, featuring touch swiping (with the help of a library Swiper.js) and relatability voting (user input data are stored at a database offered by Firebase).


Audio autoplay (desktop version only) gives deeper insights of interviewees' feelings. Additional page allows users to explore more data about survey results the team conducted for this project, in a scrollytelling format (using a library enter-view.js).


What I did: four out of seven of the featured interviews (Cameron Hager, Emma Hoey, Asha, and Thao Tran), design, and development.

  • Firebase
  • Swiper.js
  • d3.js
  • April 2021

Statistical analysis of cherry blossom's first-blooming date

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I conducted an array of statistical analyses to understand the trend of Japanese cherry blossom's first-blooming dates, as well as to test whether some theories regarding first-blooming dates are true.


Analyses include: paired t-test comparing actual blooming dat to 30-year moving average, one-sample t-test to compare actual blooming date to expected blooming date based on a theory, geographically mapping locations where cherry blossoms were blooming on April 1st, from 1950s to present, and so on.

  • R
  • Statistical tests
  • Spring 2021

Analysis of Sumo Wrestlers

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I analyzed Japanese Sumo wrestling's tournament ranking table to see what kind of wrestlers are at the top of the rankings.

  • R
  • d3.js
  • December 2020

The life of a caregiver amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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This is a multimedia project that aimed to unpack lives of people with dementia and their family caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic. I interviewed two in-home caregivers around the Boston area. Their stories are told via text, pictures, audio files, and videos.

  • JavaScript
  • Audio
  • Video
  • December 2020

Exclusive: Japan's first arrest on the charge of arranging for-profit child adoption

Link to this article (Japanese)


At The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese national newspaper, my team and I broke the first arrest of a for-profit child adoption case in Japan. I was able to have a one-on-one interview with the suspect before the arrest, adding a deeper insight to the story with an exclusive Q&A.


This story received the paper’s nationwide award for Leading Local News Director.

  • Interviewing
  • Investigative Reporting
  • March 2017

Deep insight of a murder case

Link to this article (Japanese)


At The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese national newspaper, I covered a murder case where an elderly man had strangled his wife who had been suffering from dementia.


After half a year of investigating the murder, I was able to release a comprehensive story which gained a lot of attention from the Japanese public and heightened awareness around the challenges families face when dealing with dementia.


This story achieved the third best reader conversion rate in Chiba prefecture.

  • Interviewing
  • Investigative Reporting
  • December 2016

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