was born and raised in Nara, Japan. She began her studies of Calligraphy at the age of four at Baikou Calligraphy School. When Michiko was 25 years old, she received a membership to the
Tenshin Kai (calligraphy society) and her life as a calligrapher began. Michiko progressed to the next level, becoming a member of the Cho-ko Guild, which is the most prestigious calligraphy society in Japan. During her apprenticeship, she taught calligraphy and studied the art of Japanese silk scroll making (hyougu) at Mizuno Hyougu-ten.
In 1998, Master Calligrapher Michiko Imai was awarded and currently holds a guild license called "Shihan" for teaching both calligraphy and instructing teachers to teach calligraphy.
Michiko Imai is among the few to have won multiple category awards in national competitions (Japan).