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Born in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Honya is one of Japan's most highly regarded ocarina artists, appearing in concerts and on television and radio. Since 1993, she has released 10 original CDs, including "Kaze ni dakarete" (Embraced by the Wind), "Ima, inori no naka de" (Now, in My Prayers) and "Mori no uta" (Songs of the Forest).

At a performance in Italy in 2007, she was awarded a gold medal in recognition of her "contributions to traditional music culture" by the governor of Lombardy. She also authored the book, "Kaze ni dakarete: Honya Micaco no Shikoku Junrei" (Embraced by the Wind: Micaco Honyas Shikoku Pilgrimage).

She made her debut on Toshiba EMI in 1994. Her performance of the song Tanpopopo for a television commercial featuring Meg Ryan for the Suntory Beverages bottled tea, Nohohon-cha, enjoyed great popularity, resulting in frequent uses of her music in media spots, and ensuring a place for this talented melody-maker as one of the sparks that led to a boom in the popularity of ocarina music.

For two years, she played the flute-playing fairy La-La in the NHK Kyoiku television program, Tutu Ensemble.

In the 2001-2 period, she made a pilgrimage to Shikoku, visiting 88 sacred locations on foot as part of the creation of a work on the theme of "prayer." Her one year and nine month journey was broadcast by Nishi Nippon TV as the documentary, "Kaze ni dakarete: Honya Micaco no Shikoku Junrei" (Embraced by the Wind: Micaco Honya's Shikoku Pilgrimage). The documentary was later released as a 6-video series.

In December 2007, she was named ambassador for tourism by the city of Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture.