Born in Tokyo, 1964. Graduates from Junior College then moves to America to study. After receiving acclaim for an entry submitted to a children’s literature magazine, Ekuni published several collections of short stories for children. In 1992, she won the Murasaki Shikibu Prize for Literature for ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, a novel for adults. Since then, she has risen to acclaim as a successful author, her novels and short stories being filmed for screen and hitting the top of the best selling lists. In 2004, she won the Naoki Prize, a literary award, for ‘I Was Ready to Burst into Tears'. Her writing, characterised by a transparent style and simplicity of voice, is particularly popular with young women. She is a prolific writer, publishing love stories, essays, and translations of picture books and other fiction. She is one of the most popular female writers working in Japan today.