Miyamoto was born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan and graduated from the faculty of letters at Otemon Gakuin University after which he became a copywriter. In 1970, he began to write his first novel and quit his job. Although he later joined another company, he quit again in 1972.
- Doro no Kawa (1977)
- Hotarugawa (1978)
- Kinshu (1982) Translated into English in 2005 with the title Kinshu: Autumn Brocade
- In 1995 his novel Maboroshi no Hikari was made into a film by director Hirokazu Koreeda. The English release is entitled Maborosi.
- 1977 Dazai Osamu Prize for Mud River (Doro no Kawa)
- 1978 Akutagawa Prize for Firefly River (Hotarugawa)
- 1987 Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature for Yu-Shun
- Miyamoto Teru, “Muddy River”, translated and introduced by Andrew Murakami-Smith, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 47, No. 1, December 7, 2015.
- J'Lit | Authors : Teru Miyamoto | Books from Japan (in English)
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