Akiko was born in Kanazawa, Japan, in 1967. She bought her first SLR camera at the age of 28.

She decided on a career as a photo Journalist while studying Photo Journalism
at San Francisco State University.

Her work has since appeared in many of the major Japanese publications including Nikkei Shimbunn, Nikkei BP andRecruit and Kyodo News, featuring leading Internet celebrities such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many others.

She has shot both local weddings and several in Greek and Hawaii. Her customers has been a loyal customer who came back to her for their family portraits.

She has shot numerous documentary photos for Lusent Dossiar, Yoshinori Kondo as a glass artist, and IOM in Haiti. 

Akiko lives in Berkeley, CA.