Born in Tokyo, Akiko studied aesthetics and philosophy at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, and Arts Management at City University, London, with interests in orchestra management for her postgraduate diploma then management of cross-cultural arts form for her MA degree.
While studying in London, she broadened her interests from Western classical music to the promotion of Japanese music in UK and Europe. Between 2002 and 2003, Akiko had a bursary from Agency for Cultural Affairs as an arts manager, to conduct research on the perception of Japanese music in UK.
Akiko set up mu:arts in 2004. Since then she has produced and coordinated a number of quality performances and workshops of Japanese music and performing arts in more than 25 countries, having created one of the active platforms for Japanese music, arts and culture in Europe.
In October 2012, Akiko set up a UK based charity, Azuki Foundation.
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)