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Akiko was born in Japan, moving around with her family before settling in Nagoya. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, and playing the bassoon in the school orchestra.  She moved to Oregon to attend university, where she studied psychology and continued to play the bassoon. The Pacific Northwest sparked her affection for the great outdoors. In 2005 she moved to New York City to pursue a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience. She currently works as a researcher at a university in Baltimore. When not in the lab, Akiko likes to stay fit by running regularly and practicing yoga.


Richie grew up in North Carolina, first in Asheboro, then in Raleigh during high school. Music and computers have always been a part of his life. He went to college in Greensboro for music, then moved back and forth between Greensboro and Raleigh working in both the technology and music industries. In 2006 he moved to New York City, where he currently works as a Systems Engineer for a popular Internet company. Keeping his musical side going, he also plays classical trumpet and conducts orchestras in the New York City area.

The Couple

Richie and Akiko both enjoy the fine dining available in New York City, although Richie isn't quite as adventurous. They find common ground on fine Italian, Thai, and Indian cuisine, as well as the occasional Irish Pub. They both also have similar tastes in classical music, enjoying the large orchestral works of composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and Stravinsky. Both being scientifically minded, they enjoy visiting the American Museum of Natural History and watching science programs such as Nova.