I am an experienced international creative producer and arts coordinator, specialising in Japanese music and performing arts. I have produced, promoted and managed highly-acclaimed projects and events in more than 25 countries across the UK, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania, creating one of the most successful platforms outside Japan. In addition to Japanese arts and culture, I have deep knowledge of a wide range of Western arts, from baroque to contemporary music, and from Italian Renaissance art to recent conceptual art. My projects and events have attracted funding and sponsorships from major governmental institutions, such as Arts Council England and the Japan Foundation, as well as companies including Mitsubishi Corp, Daiwa Capital Market, and Yakult.
Before coming to the UK, I worked for many years in Tokyo in senior level positions. I am also enthusiastic about social change and the founder of the Azuki Foundation, a registered charity that offers unique workshops influenced by Japanese culture to promote wellbeing in local communities. In addition, I have conducted research commissioned by think-tanks and the Japanese government, as well as writing articles for magazines and national newspapers in Japan on cultural topics in the UK and Europe.
An interview with Akiko in Kings Place What’s On April-August 2016
Akiko contributed article on Japan Times 17 April 14
“Ensemble” March 2013 Special Interview (Japanese)