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TAKIKO MORIMOTO, author of The Haiku Master: a novel, was born and raised in Japan. She graduated from Tokyo University of Education with a B.A. degree in Philosophy, specializing in Japanese thought in the Edo period. After earning a Doctorate in Education from the University of California Los Angeles, she taught Japanese language and literature at universities and colleges for twenty-five years. For the past ten years, Morimoto has researched extant sources on Matsuo Basho and visited the scenes of his lifetime experiences. In 2014, Takiko Morimoto was awarded Japan's 7th "Oku-no-Hosomichi" Literary Award for her essay recounting her own retracing of the famous pilgrimage Basho described in "The Narrow Road to the Deep North." Also a Japanese language novel about Basho by Morimoto was nominated in 2014 as the finalist of the 14th Historical and Romantic Novel Literary Award in Tokyo. (7/2015)
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