Murasaki once lived a largely average life with her younger sister and their parents. However, when Murasaki came to the age of eight, both of their parents died due to unknown causes. While Kameko (three years old at the time) went to live with their grandfather, Murasaki felt increasingly guilty for their mother and father's passing. Blaming herself for the tragedy, Ms. Akimoto ran away from home.
Murasaki spent the next thirteen years of her life virtually homeless, taking any job available to survive, occasionally being able to afford a hotel suite every once in a while.