Reiko was born and reared in Japan. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in visual communication design from Musashino Art University, she worked as a computer graphic designer. While creating thirteen award-winning products, she moved to Toyama and was introduced to glass art. She enrolled in the Toyama Institute of Glass Art and graduated in 2009. While working as a TA at Pilchuck, she decided to pursue glass art as a profession and started her career as a full-time glass sculptor in 2012. She moved to the United States in 2013 and currently divides her time between two countries.