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Michio Hoshino was born in Ichikawa City, Chiba Perfecture, Japan in 1952. At the age of 17, a photo of an Eskimo village on the northwest coast of Alaska in National Geographic Magazine struck a chord in Michio and inspired him to explore the vast wilderness. During the summer of 1972, he traveled to Shishmaref, Alaska to live with the town's mayor.

He returned to Japan and went on to study and graduate from Keio University in 1976 with a major in economics. In 1978, he left his native Japan and pursued a life-long wish to live and work in Alaska. After four years of studying wildlife management at the University of Alaska's College of Natural Sciences, he became a professional photographer concentrating on Alaskan nature and wildlife.

His professional career as a photographer began in 1986 when his work on the Grizzly Bear was published by Chronicle Books in "GRIZZLY". The book won the 3rd Anima award, which is given to the book with the most distinguished wildlife photography. The Chicago Tribune called the book, "a bold and beautiful saga in which he followed a family of Alaskan grizzlies meandering through the seasons."

The following year, he published an article on "Moose", in National Geographic Magazine, and later in 1988, he was commissioned by the Society to shoot the migratory route of Caribou in Alaska. Subsequently, he published the material in a book entitled, "CARIBOU". In 1988, Hoshino's photos of Alaskan scenery and wildlife were featured in a special issue of Audubon magazine. This same year, he published a book called "MOOSE" in both English and Japanese. Forbes magazine praised the book for its "startling shots of bulls in battle for their own breeding territory."

In 1989, a photography exhibition of his work, "Alaska, Lat. 60 degrees North", was held at Tokyo's Olympus Gallery and Asahi Shimbun Concourse, as well as other locations around Japan. He also began "Alaska-Story Like the Wind", a photographic essay run serially in Japan's Asahi Weekly. He was also the author of a work for children, "The Grizzly Bear Family Book", which was published by North-South in 1994.

His career continued with publication in numerous American and international magazines. On August 6th, 1996, at the age of 44, Michio was killed by a brown bear while photographing on the Kamchatka Penninsula in eastern Russia. He is survived by his wife Naoko, and his son Shoma.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) trio loafing, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00091455 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) trio loafing, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) chicks in nest, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00078732 Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) chicks in nest, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109123 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) close up, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00072843 Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) close up, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00098307 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catching salmon, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109155 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catching salmon, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) bull on autumn tundra, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00081563 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) bull on autumn tundra, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spouting, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00084948 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spouting, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) stampeding herd crossing river, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00085028 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) stampeding herd crossing river, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00092224 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herd crossing misty tundra during migration, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00093700 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herd crossing misty tundra during migration, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup camouflaged against ice field, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00097553 Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup camouflaged against ice field, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00108378 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) cub nuzzling mother, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00108379 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) cub nuzzling mother, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109106 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) males play fighting, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109144 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) males play fighting, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109164 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Snow-covered peaks of the Alaska Range with Mt Denali in the background, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00113403 Snow-covered peaks of the Alaska Range with Mt Denali in the background, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Illuminated tent beneath snow-covered mountains and Aurora borealis, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00125766 Illuminated tent beneath snow-covered mountains and Aurora borealis, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) bull, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00966759 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) bull, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Southeast Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00092783 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Southeast Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) with calf, boreal forest, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00090437 Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) with calf, boreal forest, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) at rest in colony, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00051512 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) at rest in colony, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup portrait, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00097549 Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup portrait, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Aurora borealis over forest, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00072861 Aurora borealis over forest, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) sunning on rock, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Michio Hoshino
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00108464 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) sunning on rock, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Michio Hoshino
Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) pair communicating, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Michio Hoshino
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00108606 Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) pair communicating, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Michio Hoshino
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catching salmon, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00077522 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catching salmon, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) peering from autumn grass, Katmai, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00077448 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) peering from autumn grass, Katmai, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Autumn colored forest, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00078845 Autumn colored forest, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Mt Denali and mountain range with glacier, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00078898 Mt Denali and mountain range with glacier, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) mother nuzzling newborn calf, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109138 Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) mother nuzzling newborn calf, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) of the western Arctic Herd swimming across the Kobuk River during migration to their winter range, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00081611 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) of the western Arctic Herd swimming across the Kobuk River during migration to their winter range, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00084970 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Temperate rainforest vegetation, southeast Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00092623 Temperate rainforest vegetation, southeast Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) group on rocky cliff, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00093534 Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) group on rocky cliff, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) laying on stomach, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00092415 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) laying on stomach, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herd, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00093658 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herd, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) resting on icefield, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00097692 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) resting on icefield, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) trio foraging for berries, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00106380 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) trio foraging for berries, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair nuzzling, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Michio Hoshino
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00107731 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair nuzzling, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Michio Hoshino
Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) couple, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Michio Hoshino
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00108465 Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) couple, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Michio Hoshino
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) mother and cub, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00077756 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) mother and cub, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) parent landing on tundra nest with owlets, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109135 Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) parent landing on tundra nest with owlets, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) males fighting, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109143 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) males fighting, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Clouds colored by sunset, Teklanika, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109177 Clouds colored by sunset, Teklanika, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) trio on icefield, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00114321 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) trio on icefield, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair investigate tourists inside a cage, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Michio Hoshino
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00092213 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair investigate tourists inside a cage, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Michio Hoshino
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) pair of bulls, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00966764 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) pair of bulls, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Michio Hoshino portrait, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00079058 Michio Hoshino portrait, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
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