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Emiko Miyashita

Emiko Miyashita

Born: 1954 in Fukushima, Japan
Resides: Tokyo, Japan
E-mail: emikomiyashita (at) gmail (dot) com

Emiko Miyashita was born in Japan, and spent two years in her childhood in Illinois, U.S.A., due to her father’s oversee studies at the University of Illinois granted by the Fulbright educational program. She then spent another two years in Accra, Ghana, where her father served as the chief of the Japanese medical team. She graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto, where she took a class taught by Dr. Stephen Wolfe who writes haiku in English. She met Dr. Akito Arima and joined a Japanese haiku group in 1993. Since 1997, she has been attending haiku conferences in the U.S.A., Canada, the U.K., Germany, India, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland and writing haiku both in Japanese and in English. She was sent to give lectures on Japanese haiku in Kolkata, New Delhi, in India by the Japan Foundation in 2007. She is a member of study group of translation in Japan at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto for 2009-2010 and a member of Haiku Canada since 2002. During 2010-2011, she ran Bouquet of Lilacs, a monthly haiku study web-kukai, with Michael Dylan Welch for attendees to her workshop in Montreal, Canada. She is serving as a counselor for the Haiku International Association were she wrote twenty series of columns of introducing English-language haiku to the Japanese audience at their website. She founded the Ginza Poetry Society to enjoy the English-language kukai in Ginza, Tokyo in April, 2013. She is invited to comment in 'dojin's corner' for GEPPO, journal of Yuki Teikei Haiku Society in U.S.A. from 2014. She is also a secretary of the Haiku Poets Association, International Department, in Tokyo. She is a dojin, a leading member of Ten’i, Providence, haiku group led by Dr. Arima, and also at Shin, Dawn Light, haiku study group. From January 2008, until March 2010, she judged and wrote an English-language haiku column with Michael Dylan Welch every first Sunday in the Asahi Weekly paper. She is serving as an executive director of the English-Speaking Union of Japan, and judges for ESUJ-H, a monthly haiku column in their website from 2018. She is serving as a director of JAL Foundation since 2014 to promote their World Children's Haiku Contest and gave workshops in New Delhi in 2015, in Chicago and Boston in 2017. She lives in Tokyo, Japan with her husband, and works in Ginza, Tokyo, at her husband's Japanese antique shop dealing fine tea ceremony utensils. Her latest title is the grandmother of three little granddaughters, Hizuki, Waka, and Nano.

Books Published: She has ten books of translations including Santoka, Haiku, Noh, Noh (Revised Edition) and Wagashi (“Japanese confectionary”), Hyakunin Isshu: 100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court, from PIE Books in Japan; translations of Dr. Akito Arima’s haiku, Einstein’s Century, Masajo Suzuki’s, Love Haiku: Masajo Suzuki’s Lifetime of Love, from Brooks Books in U.S.A., Yoshiko Yoshino’s, Tsuru, from Deep North Press in U.S.A., The New Pond: An English-language Haiku Anthology, from Hokumeisha in Japan, along with her own books of haiku, Tachimachi from Shoshi Ringoya in Japan, and a mime’s perpendicular pause from King’s Road Press in Canada. Einstein’s Century and Tsuru, won the Merit Book Awards for translation, Haiku Society of America in 2002. Wagashi won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for the Best Cookbook Design in 2005. Her translations of haiku are included in The British Museum Haiku, etc.

Selected Work
 
I sink a little bridge
to the aquarium floor―
first day of summer
 
shining cobwebs
the weather report forecasts
continuing fallout
 
 
 
coolness―
sound of cutting the bones
of a daggertooth pike
 
chill in the silverware
my pepper mill
filled full
 
 
 
her first tadpoles
her hands ready 
to catch a dozen
 
with a handful of snow
I pat the snowman
dusk
 
 

Credits: "I sink a little bridge" - The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom, 2001); 12 Haiku (Emiko Miyashita trifold prepared for the Sweden-Japan Haiku Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden on June 26, 2018); "coolness" - 12 Haiku (Emiko Miyashita trifold prepared for the Sweden-Japan Haiku Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden on June 26, 2018); "her first tadpoles" - 12 Haiku (Emiko Miyashita trifold prepared for the Sweden-Japan Haiku Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden on June 26, 2018); "shining cobwebs" - 12 Haiku (Emiko Miyashita trifold prepared for the Sweden-Japan Haiku Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden on June 26, 2018); "chill in the silverware" - 12 Haiku (Emiko Miyashita trifold prepared for the Sweden-Japan Haiku Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden on June 26, 2018); "with a handful of snow" - 12 Haiku (Emiko Miyashita trifold prepared for the Sweden-Japan Haiku Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden on June 26, 2018).

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