Naomi Hirahara head shot-fin

NAOMI HIRAHARA is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes. Nominated also for Macavity and Anthony awards, the novels in the series include Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, Snakeskin Shamisen, Blood Hina, and Strawberry Yellow. Two of her Mas Arai mysteries have been published in Japanese. The first of her Officer Ellie Rush mystery series is Murder on Bamboo Lane, released in 2014, followed by Grave on Grand Avenue in 2015.

She also wrote
1001 Cranes, which was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009.

Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is a former editor of The Rafu Shimpo daily newspaper. She also has produced seven nonfiction books on local horticulture and Asian American history, including
Green Makers: Japanese American Gardeners in Southern California, An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood Electronics, and A Scent of Flowers: A History of the Southern California Flower Market, 1912-2004. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in international relations, she served as the chapter president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America in 2010.

Her web site is

(updated 5/2015)

Naomi (left) signing with Cynthia Kadohata at Krafty Delites Craft Show 2004

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