Akiko Ando began playing taiko in local festivals from the age of two, and took up the bamboo flute in her fourth year of elementary school. She entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2010, and became a Kodo member in 2013. On stage, she is featured mainly on taiko, bamboo flutes and vocals. In 2013 and 2014, Ando was featured as a solo vocalist and bamboo flautist in the Shiroyama Concerts at "Earth Celebration" on Sado Island. She played taiko and an array of other instruments in "Mystery," "Eternity," and "Chaos." These productions showed her versatility and cultivated her flair for acting in comical scenes.