Born: January 23 1942 in Akita, Japan
Resides: Akita, Japan
E-mail: shhiruta (at) nifty (dot) com
In May, 1998, Hiruta studied about international haiku at the workshop by JALT (The Japan Association for Language Teaching) whose president was Professor David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima. Since then, more than 70 haiku of his appeared in The Asahi Shimbun (ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK / David McMurray's Column).
Awards and Other Honors: DIOGEN Haiku Contest in Croatia, First Prize - Winter Haiku 2013; THE BEST HAIKU OF THE ISSUE of Haiku Stvarnost BEST OF ISSUE (First Choice) September 8, 2015; The First U.S. - Kagoshima Spring Haiku Contest, Second Prize, February 26, 2014; The 11th Pumpkin Festival, Second Prize, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia, October 18-19, 2015; The 4th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, Honorable Mentions, March 14, 2015.
Books Published: Hiruta's maiden haiku book Surmounting will be published by the Akita International Haiku Network in 2019.
Credits: "The midwinter" - DIOGEN Haiku Contest in Croatia (Winter Haiku 2013); "Mt. Fuji" - THE BEST HAIKU OF THE ISSUE of Haiku Stvarnost (September 8, 2015); "Blizzard gone" - The First U.S. - Kagoshima Spring Haiku Contest (February 26, 2014); "Spring earthquake" - The 4th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest (March 14, 2015); "Farmers stop" - HI HAIKU INTERNATIONAL No. 90 (2010) ed. by HIA; "Snow fairy" - HI HAIKU INTERNATIONAL No. 107 (2013) ed. by HIA.