He was discovered by Terumasa Hino, studied at the Berklee College of Music, and started his career as a jazz trumpeter. His work has won numerous awards, including the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and the Grand Prix d'Orsay d'Orsay de la Média Développement. He has participated in works by Pina Bausch, Wim Wenders, Robert Wilson, Philippe Decoufle, Oliver Stone, Jean Paul, Goude and Katsuhiro Otomo, and has received international acclaim for his unique sound that makes extensive use of cross-fertilisation. Through his genre-bending activities, he has collaborated with many international musicians, including Hal Willner, Art Lindsay, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Artur H and Vinicius Cantuaria.' Since autumn 2005, he has also established a base in Paris, where he has been working energetically.
The album "Stolen from strangers" won the "Best Album of the Year" and the "Music Critics Award" in the French and German music magazines. He was named "Man of the Year 2009" by Galeries Lafayette Homme, and in May of the same year, the streets of Paris were covered with Jun Miyake posters. Wim Wenders' film Pina: The Dancing Life, for which he provided the main music, won the Best Documentary Award at the European film awards 2011. It was also nominated for an Academy Award 2012 for Best Documentary and a British Academy Award 2012 for Best Foreign Language Film.