Michiko Imai 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).

Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum Of Art, Nara City Museum Of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum Of Art.

Michiko arrived in United States November 2008. She is currently teaching at her studio (Michiko Studio) in Salem, and at Kaji Aso Studio for Japanese Studies.

Michiko performed her calligraphy at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Prudential Center in Boston, Tufts University, Brandeis University, Bowling Green State University and workshops for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Montserrat College of Art, North Eastern University, and other universities throughout New England.

Michiko was a guest on "Asian Focus" (WHDH Channel 7) multiple times where she discussed the history of Japanese calligraphy and demonstrated her art.