After graduating from Musashino Art University, Ayako joined a leading Japanese interior design firm, specialising in boutique design and visual
merchandising for Japanese fashion labels. She went on to work in both Japan and the UK on projects as varied as barrier-free housing for the elderly, love
hotel interiors and art exhibitions. She produced the Tokyo International Art Fair before setting up her own firm in 1994 consulting on interior design and
branding, specifically for foreign fashion brands entering the Japanese market.
Ayako cofounded Eat in 2000 and, as President, oversees the overall running of the company, with specific focus on Japanese content and project execution.