Miyashita was born in Fukushima, Japan, on September 6, 1954. She grew
up in Urbana,
Illinois and in Accra, Ghana, and studied English Literature at Doshisha
University in Kyoto, Japan.
Emiko began writing
haiku in 1993 under the tutelage of Dr. Akito Arima. She lives with
her husband, Susumu;
son, Manabu; and daughter, Sai, in Kawasaki, Japan. Emiko is a dojin
(leading member) of "Ten'i (Providence)" Haiku Group led
by Dr. Akito Arima.
translations with Lee Gurga are:
Love Haiku: Masajo Suzuki's Lifetime of Love, Brooks Books, USA,
2000: Einstein's Century: Akito Arima's Haiku, Brooks Books, USA,
Yoshiko Yoshino's Haiku, Deep North Press, 2001; [*Einstein's
Century and Tsuru won the Merit Book Award for translations from HSA in 2002.];
Haiku (100 haiku selected and with commentary by Mutsuo Takahashi
and photos by Hakudo Inoue), P.I.E. Books, Japan, 2003; Wagashi (100
Japanese confectionery, commentary by Mutsuo Takahashi with photos
by Hiroshi Yoda), P.I.E.Books, Japan, 2003; Shiki Haiku Calendar 2001,
2002, 2003, and 2004 (selected by Ganiya Nishimura, commentary by Mamoru
Murakami, produced and translated by Nanae Tamura and us), Shiki Project,
translations with David Cobb: Noh (A guide book of Noh written
by Mutsuo Takahashi with photos by Toshiro Morita),
Japan, 2004. Miyashita is the author of: The New Pond: An English-language
Haiku Anthology, Hokumeisha, Japan, 2002; Tachimachi
(Emiko's Japanese haiku
collection), Shoshi Ringoya, Japan, 2003.
Emiko is a member
of the Haiku International Association (Japan) and is the managing
editor for HIA Haiku Contest of their homepage.
is also a member of the Association of Haiku Poets in Japan, the
of America, and the British Haiku Society.