in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in 1936. Began to compose haiku
in 1963, studying under Tohta Kaneko. Stayed as a farm trainee
in California, U.S.A., for one year (1965-1966). Studied American
Culture under Taro Yashima (illustrator of children's books)
in Los Angeles at that time. Currently lecturer on haiku at NHK
Miyazaki Culture Center. A member of the Modern Haiku Association
and the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council.
include collections of original haiku: Straw Hat (1979),
Kappa, River Sprite (1989), The Sound of Waves
(1997), Straw Hat: English edition (2000), as well as
the essays: "Trial and Error in a Foreign Land" (1974),
"Kappa's Notebook" (1985). etc.