Earlier this year, Aiko shared a touching message with fans, detailing the creative process and inspiration behind M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book.) Each installment drew upon her experiences and journey towards healing after the loss of her brother, Miyagi, in 2012.
2Fish is Aiko's collection of poems and short stories, adapted from journals she's kept since she was as young as 12 years old. In the book, she takes readers on a journey through her life as 'Penny,' the young girl seen through the eyes of her grandfather. 'Penny' represents her "purest, most authentic form," as she states in her mission.
The entire project is a brave effort by Aiko that will undoubtedly become a source of comfort for those who are looking to share their own personal journeys. "Writing poetry has always been a form of therapy for me and has helped me get through difficult situations. When no one else understands, out journals can understand," Aiko said.
Aiko has said that her M.A.P. was made by her, and for her, but she hopes that in publishing it she can "inspire others to share their grief and pain because I believe suffering can be alleviated when we understand we are not going through any of it alone."
She added: "I feel obligated to share because I know I am not alone in my suffering."
2Fish is available now for purchase, and with today's book release, Aiko has announced that a few lucky fans will get the chance to come to her exclusive book signing today in L.A. See her post below for details: