TOKYO, JAPAN // Aki splits her time and passion between the advertising and documentary film worlds. She started her career at Cutters Studios Los Angeles, apprenticing with the market’s top commercial filmmaking talent.
In 2011 she was tapped by director Lucy Walker to cut the Oscar nominated documentary, ‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’. The film focuses on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.
Since then Aki has built her portfolio as a director, crafting engaging work for major brands such as Apple, Adidas, Facebook, Tiger Beer, Barney’s New York, Yahoo, Google, UberEATS, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Gloire, and SK-II.
Last year she took the helm as creative director and director on a powerful campaign for SK-II which challenged outdated cultural norms facing women in Japan.
She was chosen as one of the 2017 “40 Under 40” Leaders in Advertising and Marketing by Campaign Asia-Pacific.