Born in Saitama in 1982. Graduated from Musashino Art University with a degree in Visual Communication Design. She started to design picture books as a student, going on to hold individual and group exhibitions of her work. In 2007, she spent a year living and working in Berlin, Germany. In 2009, her first picture book, Typhoon Comes (BL Shuppan), won the Picture Book Grand Prize at the 25th Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix. As well as picture books, Akiko’s illustrations are in demand for marketing campaigns and magazines. She currently lives in Tokyo.