Akiho was born and grew up on a farm in Kyoto, Japan. She become
involved in cooking research, where she gained the title of Kyoto's
first "Senior Vegetable Sommelier". She also holds a qualification in
the study of Vegetables from Kyoto, and in home helping. On top of
this she is a qualified chef, and a consultant in the wearing of Kimono
(a traditional Japanese garment).