Born and raised in Southern Japan, Miyo initially came to the US to study filmmaking, receiving B.A. in Cinema and M.A. in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University. In the process of writing her M.A. thesis on Japanese documentary filmmaker Matsumoto Toshio, she was drawn to Japan’s 1960s and 70s, specially its social movements and their relation to film and literature. Her areas of interest include independent avant-garde films, translation, adaptation from literature to film, use of dialect, and interaction of grand History and personal histories.