Aiko was born in Tokyo, Japan. Since a young age she has loved drawing, painting, and creating stories. At age of 6 she has started learning oil painting. In 1993 she came to the United States where she has studied psychology at Arizona State University. She continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving a Ph.D in Pharmacology and working as a neuropharmacologist, she has decided making picture books. Aiko is living in Ohio with her dog and cat. Lean more about Aiko and her work at aikoikegami.com.