Makiko was born in Nagoya, Japan. After studying design at Nagoya Girl's University, she worked as a freelance designer for several textile printing companies. She went to the United States to study English and graphic design, where she met her husband and has since moved to Belgium. She took the illustration course while raising her son. For nearly 25 years, she has worked as a freelance illustrator for greeting cards and children's publications in Europe and Japan. She loves nature and animals, and her inspiration comes from the innocent movement of animals and children. And for her, animals are a good way to convey a message and an emotion. She likes to be part of this magical world.