Akiko was born in Japan to her Father Soburo and her mother Emi Masamoto Akiko had the unfortunate difficulty of being born with underdeveloped vocal cords, this makes her be able to make small noises but she cant get anywhere close to normal speech. She grew up in a normal school communicating mostly in sign language with those people who knew how and was always just trying to fit in, her father was a politician and businessman so they were constantly moving her in and out of schools and she quickly got a reputation for looking "poor" despite the money her father made. Akiko had always found it easy to tan as she had a lot of Yamato blood in her, and through days spent outside doing different sports and competitions, she swiftly distanced herself further by not looking the part of a business mans daughter. Akiko grew up around tradition, much to her dismay and she still rolls her eyes thinking about it, her parents would brag to basically anyone, sure that they were descendant from a royal bloodline. This meant plenty of Chanoyu's, tea ceremonies, and knowing how to wear a kimono. She also got forced into Kendo lessons, these she enjoyed over time slowly loving the art of everything. Once she turned 11 Akiko's father was called out of country to a new prospect for his business. This meant that they all had to go along of course and Akiko somehow found herself in a strange country that was loud and not anywhere near the peaceful level she was used to being around. Her father was sure that opening a business here would lead to great profit as the country was slowly coming out of the shadow of civil war and would need help getting its legs back underneath it. Everything was fine here of course until the infection hit, her mother and her were at their house in Chernogorsk they were staying at when everything happened. People looting, crazed people roaming the streets and everyone at each others throats. Akiko's house was soon broken into and her mother trying to defend herself was killed by the men that had set out to steal their belongings. Using her Bokken Akiko managed to take one of the two down but was stopped by the second, feeling she would be useful, he knocked her out and took her with his friend. Akiko lived with them for the first year of everything fighting to survive in the strange environment. As much as she didn't like them, it was from these two that she learned how to find food and water. Once she felt she had the survival skills she set off on her own avoiding people when possible just trying to stay alive in the hopes of returning home someday.