Akemi Tanaka is descended from a family of Samurai who fought alongside the 15th Century warrior-poet Ota Dokan. She grew up in Japan, but now lives in London with her English partner. Akemi is an established cultural communicator on Japan, regularly leading cultural study tours back to her homeland, and giving presentations at schools, universities and cultural centres. Akemi was recently awarded by the British government in recognition of her charity work for the orphans of the 2011 Tsunami, following which she founded the charity 'Aid for Japan.' She is also expert in Tea Ceremony, for which she dresses in high traditional costume, and demonstrates this ancient art as a masterclass in mindfulness and gratitude.