about Akiko

Freelance Documentary Photographer based in London, UK currently open for assignment.

Since my childhood spent in China, Pakistan, England, and Japan, I have always been interested in the diversity of experience of people around the world. My curiosity drives me to engage with these subjects to develop a rapport, and often a story results about how what makes them tick in the context of the wider world. I aim to use my curiosity as the drive to allow the experience of people to shine through.


Notable Past Projects:
・ Myanmar in the Here and Now (2014) — This project documented the fast changing minority landscape in Myanmar and was published in the Mainichi paper.
・ Living with Memory: A Story from a Philippine Village (2014-16) — This project documented Philippine victims of sexual violence during World War II.
・ Tattoo Legend Confronts the Past (2015) — This project documented the last traditional tattoo artist of the Kalinga tribe, Whang Od, in North Luzon in the Philippines and was published in the Mainichi paper.
・ Jiji and Kinako (2017) — This project was a personal story for me and documented the love of a cat and an older man during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and was picked up by many Alzheimer’s organisations around the world.
・ Intergenerational Project with the NHS (2018- )
・ Letters to the Loved Ones (2020)

RPS (Royal Photographic Society/ 英国王立写真協会) International photography exhibition – Shortlist
Bob & Diane Fund (2017) – Finalist
ipa (International Photographers Award) People -Lifestyle (2017) – Honorable Mentions
ipa (International Photographers Award) Event – Traditions and Cultures (2017) – Honorable Mentions
IWPA (International Women Photographers Award) – Shortlist (2018)
ipa (International Photographers Award) Editorial – Photo Essay and Feature Story (2018) – Honorable Mentions
TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) – Editorial – Photo essay (2019) – Honorable Mention
TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) – Editorial – Photo essay (2020) – Honorable Mention

Her photographs have appeared in:
BBC, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post Japan, Mainichi Weekly, Metro.co.uk, Livedoor News,  FOX News, Southwark News, #Photographers Magazine, People.com, Yahoo News, My Modern Met, The DoDo,  UOL, Gazeta.PL, イロリオ, Hankook Ilbo(Korea Times), A DAY MAGAZINE, Country Living Magazine,  . . .and so on.

Schedule for the next few months
– Travelling to Japan in June 2021 (open for bookings)
– Moving to the States in August 2021 (open for bookings)


thinking of hiring Akiko?

From serious to fun, from news media to everyday smiles, I’m currently open for photography assignment and am happy to travel abroad as long as the travel fee is being covered.

My Lifestyle Photo Session starts from £200~ (1.5h) and Pre-Wedding Session starts from £500~.
For other commissions, including documentary and
long-term retainers for on-the-ground photography, please contact me.

Please get in touch for more details and to discuss your ideas.
Very looking forward to work with you and capture your moments!




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