From 1997 until 2000, I lived and worked in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, as a member of Japan Exchange of Teaching (JET) Program and taught English at a senior high school and worked one year in the Prefectural Board of Education.  During this time, I traveled throughout Japan and other parts of Asia.  In 2001, I moved to the Boston area.

I began my martial arts career at 11, practicing judo and later karate in college.  While in Japan, I began studying aikido at the Fukui Aikikai under Hayashi Micho-shihan and Kasashima Tetsuo-sensei.  I received my shodan or first degree black belt while still there.  After returning to the United States and settling in the Boston area, I began practicing at both the Harvard Aikikai and the MIT Aikido Club, studying mainly with Dick Stroud-shihan and the late Sioux Hall-shihan.  I received my sandan or third-degree black belt in 2008, shortly after meeting my wife.  In 2007, I began studying Yang style t'ai chi ch'uan under Tai-Chun Pan.  I also helped start a t'ai chi ch'uan group at work for other staff members, which I still participate in.

On my work

(The Minstrel of Belmont's)...poems are both exciting and reverent, and are an open window into the narrator’s life and beliefs.
                         --Kevin D. Le Master, 30/30 poet

Daryl Muranaka

Daryl Muranaka's poems in HANAMI are expertly spun of delicate rhythms, potent imagery, and a fine twist of longing.  
                         --Naomi Shihab Nye


I was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up there and in Honolulu, Hawai`i.  I attended the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Asian History.  While there, I was a student of Naomi Shihab Nye.

In 1994, I entered the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Eastern Washington University in Cheney/Spokane.  I interned with the Eastern Washington University Press, the EWU literary journal Willow Springs, and participated in the Writers in the Community Program.

...(H)is are slow-cooked poems, poems readers will linger over, feast on.

                         --Tom Hunley,​ Plunk