Yoko was born in Yokohama, Japan and studied at the Tokyo College of Music. Upon graduation from the college in the summer of 1993, she participated in the Aspen Music Festival in the USA as a scholar.
In 1995 she began to study with Professor Francois Benda at Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland and has performed with Sinfonie Orchester Basel and Radio Sinfonie Orchester Basel as a trainee in 1996-1997. In July 1998, she played a concerto by Gotkovsky as a soloist with the Sinfonie Orchester Basel and graduated the Akademie with a Soloist Diploma.
After Yoko returned to Japan, she participated in many performances including having her solo recitals three times in Tokyo, Yokohama and Fukuoka, and performing with many different orchestras in Tokyo, Osaka, Kanazawa and Fukuoka.
From 2001-2005, she was a member of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. Since January 2007, Yoko has been a clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). In 2010 she had recitals in Yokohama and Singapore with her husband Liu Chang, SSO Associate Principal bassoonist.