Born 1935 in Tokyo, Akiyama studied engraving at Musashino Art School, the predecessor of Musashino Art University, and then worked as an industrial designer for an electrical company. He started exhibiting his own tin engravings and other work from 1965, and in both 1975 and 1979 stood in elections for Governor of Tokyo, bringing pop art into the process.
Books by Akiyama
- Tsūzokuteki geijutsuron: Poppu-āto no tatakai (通俗的芸術論 ポップ・ア-トのたたかい). Tokyo: Doyō Bijutsusha, 1985. (in Japanese)
- Hōmatsu ketsujin retsuden: Shirazaru chō-zen'ei (泡沫桀人列伝 知られざる超前衛). Tokyo: Nigensha, 2002. ISBN 4-544-02037-9. (in Japanese)
- Buriki otoko (ブリキ男). Tokyo: Shōbunsha, 2007. ISBN 978-4-7949-6708-4. (in Japanese)
- Tennen rōjin: Konna ni tanoshii dokkyo-seikatsu (天然老人 こんなに楽しい独居生活). ASCII Shinsho. Tokyo: ASCII Media Works, 2008. ISBN 978-4-04-867241-2. (in Japanese)
- Unless otherwise noted, biographical information is from the description (in Japanese) of the Raika Dōmei exhibition "Hakata Yamadori" (Gallery 58, accessed 15 March 2009).
- IMDB page for the film (in English) (accessed 15 March 2009).
- As stated in the museum's page about Akiyama (in Japanese) (accessed 15 March 2009).