Famous Japanese Novelists

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Haruki Murakami
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Birthdate: January 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has authored bestselling works such as Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore, which explore the genres of surrealism and magic realism. He has also translated works by J. D. Salinger and Raymond Carver. He has been named to Time 100 and has won numerous awards.
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Sessue Hayakawa
(Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director)
Sessue Hayakawa
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Birthdate: June 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiba
Died: November 23, 1973

Sessue Hayakawa was a Japanese actor who became a popular Hollywood star during the silent film era. He was the first Asian actor to achieve stardom in Europe and the United States of America. Renowned for portraying sexually dominant villains, Sessue Hayakawa became a heartthrob among American women; he was also one of Hollywood's first male sex symbols.

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Yukio Mishima
(One of the Most Important Japanese Authors of the 20th Century)
Yukio Mishima
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Birthdate: January 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yotsuya, Tokyo, Japan
Died: November 25, 1970

Japanese author, poet, and playwright Yukio Mishima is counted amongst the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. His best-known works feature a fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Western literary styles. He was the founder of the Tatenokai, an unarmed private militia dedicated to traditional Japanese values. He was considered controversial due to his political activities. 

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Murasaki Shikibu
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Birthdate: 0973 AD
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: 1014 AD

Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese poet and novelist. She is credited with authoring one of the world's first novels, The Tale of Genji. Murasaki's works played a key role in establishing Japanese as a written language and she continues to influence Japanese writers. Over the years, she has also been a popular subject of illustrations and paintings in Japan.

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Tsugumi Ohba
(Mangaka)
Tsugumi Ohba
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Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Tsugumi Ohba is a Japanese writer best known for writing the popular manga series Death Note. Ohba, whose real identity is a well-guarded secret, is also known for writing other successful manga series like Bakuman and Platinum End. In 2008, Tsugumi Ohba was honored with the prestigious Eagle Award under Favourite Manga category for Death Note.

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Yasunari Kawabata
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Birthdate: June 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osaka
Died: April 16, 1972

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose subtly-shaded prose works earned him the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, making him the first Japanese writer to receive the prestigious award. Yasunari Kawabata played a major role in the translation of Japanese literature into several Western languages including English. His works are still read all over the world. 

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Lafcadio Hearn
(Former Writer, Translator, and Teacher Who Introduced the Culture and Literature of Japan to the West)
Lafcadio Hearn
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Birthdate: June 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lefkada, Greece
Died: September 26, 1904

Lafcadio Hearn was a writer best remembered for writing about Japanese culture. His writings about Japan threw light on the previously unknown but fascinating culture of Japan. It also helped the Western world understand Japanese culture. Many of his stories have been adapted into films and theatrical productions.

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Megumi Yokota
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Birthdate: October 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Died: November 15, 1977

Megumi Yokota is a Japanese woman who was among at least 17 Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. Yokota was kidnapped by a North Korean agent in 1977. Yokota has been missing for more than 43 years and several Japanese citizens have waged a campaign seeking her return. However, the North Korean government has claimed that she died in captivity.

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Kenzaburō Ōe
(A Major Figure in Contemporary Japanese Literature and Winner of 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature )
Kenzaburō Ōe
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Birthdate: January 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ōse, Ehime, Japan

Kenzaburō Ōe is a Japanese writer whose essays, short stories, and novels deal with social, philosophical, and political issues such as nuclear power, nuclear weapons, existentialism, and social non-conformism. An influential personality in contemporary Japanese literature, Kenzaburō Ōe was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for his works.

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Soseki Natsume
(Novelist)
Soseki Natsume
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Birthdate: February 9, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ushigome, Chiba, Japan
Died: December 9, 1916

Soseki Natsume was a Japanese novelist best remembered for his novels Botchan, Kusamakura, Kokoro, and I Am a Cat. He is credited with influencing other popular writers like Kume Masao and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke. Natsume's works have caught the attention of global readers in the 21st century; since 2001 his books have been translated into 10 languages, including English and Dutch.

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Ai Iijima
(Former writer of Platonic Sex a semi-autobiographical novel)
Ai Iijima
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Birthdate: October 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kameido, Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 17, 2008

Ai Iijima was a Japanese writer, media personality, actress, and activist. She is best remembered for appearing in a softcore porn variety TV show titled Gilgamesh Night. After ending her career as a softcore porn actress, Iijima became associated with campaigns that aimed at educating people about HIV/AIDS.

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Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
(Japanese Novelists and One of the Most Prominent Figures in Modern Japanese Literature)
Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Birthdate: July 24, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 30, 1965

Tanizaki Jun'ichirō was a Japanese author whose works made him a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964. Widely regarded as one of the most important personalities in modern Japanese literature, Tanizaki's work ranges from the depictions of erotic obsessions to the dynamics of family life in 20th-century Japan. Many of his works have been adapted into films.

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Yoshiyuki Tomino
(Film director, Screenwriter, Novelist)
Yoshiyuki Tomino
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Birthdate: November 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Odawara

Yoshiyuki Tomino is a Japanese novelist, mecha anime creator, director, screenwriter, animator, and songwriter. He is credited with creating a popular Japanese military science fiction media franchise named Gundam. The Gundam franchise, which features giant robots, has given rise to several spin-offs and video games. Gundam is curently viewed as a Japanese cultural icon.

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Mamoru Oshii
(Director of popular anime Ghost in the Shell and Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer)
Mamoru Oshii
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Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese writer, filmmaker, and television director. Renowned for incorporating philosophical values into his storytelling, Oshii's style of filmmaking has attracted praise from other popular directors like Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. Over the years Mamoru Oshii has received nominations for several prestigious awards like the Golden Lion and Palme d'Or.

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Banana Yoshimoto
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Birthdate: July 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bunkyō-ku

Banana Yoshimoto is a Japanese writer whose debut work Kitchen inspired a couple of film adaptations. Kitchen also earned her the sixth Kaien Newcomers' Literary Prize in 1987. The following year, she received the 16th Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature for a novella titled Moonlight Shadow. Her 1989 novel Goodbye Tsugumi inspired the 1990 movie Tugumi.

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Reki Kawahara
(writer, novelist, seiyū, science fiction writer)
Reki Kawahara
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Takasaki

Reki Kawahara is a Japanese author best known for writing Japanese light novel series, such as Accel World and Sword Art Online. Both the series have been adapted into anime and the Sword Art Online series has been adapted into an animated adventure film titled Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. Kawahara is also credited with writing The Isolator.

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Akiyuki Nosaka
(Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Singer, Lyricist, Tarento, Broadcast writer)
Akiyuki Nosaka
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Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kamakura
Died: December 9, 2015

Akiyuki Nosaka was a Japanese novelist, lyricist, and singer. He is best remembered for his children's stories about wars. In 1967, two of his stories namely American Hijiki and Grave of the Fireflies won the prestigious Naoki Prize. Many of his works, including his novel, The Pornographers, and short story, Grave of the Fireflies, have been adapted into films.

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Kōbō Abe
(Writer)
Kōbō Abe
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Birthdate: March 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kita, Tokyo, Japan
Died: January 22, 1993

Japanese surrealist author Kōbō Abe is remembered for his Kafka-esque style and his bestselling novels such as The Woman in the Dunes. Though he studied medicine, pushed into it by his physician father, he never practiced. The Akutagawa Prize winner was also initially a communist but was later expelled.

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Kenji Miyazawa
(Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, Esperantist, Agronomist, Children's writer)
Kenji Miyazawa
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Birthdate: August 27, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hanamaki
Died: September 21, 1933
Japanese novelist Kenji Miyazawa was also a poet of children's literature and is one of Japan's most-read and best-loved authors. Some of his major works include Night on the Galactic Railroad, Kaze no Matasaburō, Gauche the Cellist, and The Night of Taneyamagahara.  Many of his children's stories have inspired anime, most notably Night on the Galactic Railroad.
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Edogawa Ranpo
(Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Literary critic, Science fiction writer)
Edogawa Ranpo
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Birthdate: October 21, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nabari
Died: July 28, 1965

Edogawa Ranpo was a Japanese author who played an important role in the progression of Japanese mystery fiction. Ranpo is credited with creating the popular fictional private detective Kogoro Akechi who appears in many of his novels. A number of Ranpo's works have been adapted into films and series. The 1999 film Gemini was inspired by one of Ranpo's stories.

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Kentaro Yabuki
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Birthdate: February 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kōchi
Japanese manga artist, Kentaro Yabuki, is best known for his series Black Cat. He is also known for illustrating To Love Ru and To Love Ru Darkness with author Saki Hasemi. In 2010, he made a manga adaptation of Tomohiro Matsu's light novel series Mayoi Neko Overrun!. Currently, Kentaro Yabuki writes and illustrates the series Ayakashi Triangle
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Shintaro Ishihara
(Former Governor of Tokyo (1999 - 2012))
Shintaro Ishihara
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Birthdate: September 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suma-ku, Kobe, Japan
Died: February 1, 2022

Apart from serving as the governor of Tokyo, Japanese right-wing politician Shintaro Ishihara has also been an accomplished writer. He wrote the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel Season of the Sun when he was still in school and later contributed to various plays and screenplays, too.

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Yasutaka Tsutsui
(Actor, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer, Screenwriter)
Yasutaka Tsutsui
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Birthdate: September 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ōsaka
Noted novelist Yasutaka Tsutsui is also known as a science fiction author, and actor. He won Tanizaki Prize in 1987 for Yumenokizaka bunkiten and also received 1981 Izumi Kyoka award, the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari award, and the 1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award. With dark humour and satirical content, Tsutsui's works are seen as the basis for Japan's postmodern science fiction.
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Eiji Yoshikawa
(Novelist)
Eiji Yoshikawa
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Birthdate: August 11, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Died: September 7, 1962
Well-known Japanese historical fiction novelist, Eiji Yoshikawa created best-selling revisions of older classics. He was mainly influenced by classics like Tale of Genji, Outlaws of the Marsh, and The Tale of the Heike. In 1960, he was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit and was also honoured with the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Mainichi Art Award. 
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Ichiyō Higuchi
(Japan’s First Professional Female Writer of Modern Literature)
Ichiyō Higuchi
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Birthdate: May 2, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uchisaiwaichō, Tokyo, Japan
Died: November 23, 1896
Ichiyō Higuchi was a noted Japanese writer, poet, and novelist from the Meiji Period. The most important Japanese woman writer of her period, Higuchi specialized in short stories and was Japan's first professional female writer of modern literature, and also an extensive diarist. Her stories Nigorie, Jūsan'ya, Ōtsugomori, and Takekurabe have been repeatedly adapted for film and television. 
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Doppo Kunikida
(Japanese Author of Novels and Romantic Poetry During the Meiji Period)
Doppo Kunikida
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Birthdate: August 30, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chōshi, Chiba, Japan
Died: June 23, 1908
A Japanese author who wrote novels and romantic poetry, Kunikida Doppo belongs to the Meiji period. Noted as one of the inventors of Japanese naturalism, Doppo served in the Sino-Japanese War as a reporter. After war, he published a compilation of poems titled Doppo's Poems. Later, he published a romantic short story titled Musashino followed by Doppo shu and Unmei.
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Yuyuko Takemiya
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Birthdate: February 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Yuyuko Takemiya is a Japanese writer of light novels and manga who rose to fame with her debut series Watashitachi no Tamura-kun. Her other popular works include series like Golden Time, Toradora!, and Evergreen. In 2011, Takemiya launched the manga series Evergreen with artist Akira Kasukabe in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh Genesis quarterly magazine.
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Kazuo Koike
(Screenwriter, Writer, Comics artist)
Kazuo Koike
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Birthdate: May 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Daisen, Akita, Japan
Died: April 17, 2019
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Shūji Terayama
(Poet, Playwright, Writer, Film director, Photographer, Screenwriter, Actor, Novelist, Tanka poet, Lyricist, Songwriter)
Shūji Terayama
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Birthdate: December 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirosaki
Died: May 4, 1983
A Japanese avant-garde poet, Shūji Terayama was also a dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. During his prolific career, he created radio drama, underground theatre, countercultural essays and Japanese New Wave and "expanded" cinema. Besides publishing 200 literary works, Terayama also created over 20 short and full-length films. The Shuji Terayama Museum was opened in 1997 to celebrate his life.
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Natsuo Kirino
(Novelist, Writer)
Natsuo Kirino
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Birthdate: October 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kanazawa

Widely known by her penname, Natsuo Kirino, celebrated Japanese writer, Mariko Hashioka, began her writing career in her early thirties, earning a degree in law, attending script-writing classes and doing odd jobs before that.  When her initial attempt to write romantic novels proved a non-starter she switched to mystery, very soon becoming a leading figure in the Japanese detective fictions.   

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Kyōka Izumi
(Playwright)
Kyōka Izumi
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Birthdate: November 4, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Died: September 7, 1939

Often considered an eccentric and superstitious writer, Kyōka Izumi chiefly wrote on fantasy, producing numerous novels, short stories and haiku plays in the backdrop of distinctive and yet supernatural world, using fantasy to criticize many social norms and practices.  Initially trained by Ozaki Kōyō, Izumi has produced several masterpieces, including The Holy Man of Mount Kōya and Worship at Yushima.

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Yōko Ogawa
(Novelist, Writer)
Yōko Ogawa
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Birthdate: March 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Okayama
Japanese writer Yōko Ogawa is well known for her works including The Diving Pool, The Housekeeper and the Professor, and Hotel Iris. Of her more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, some novels have been adapted as films. Her novel, The Housekeeper and the Professor, was made into the movie The Professor's Beloved Equation.
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Ihara Saikaku
(poet, novelist, writer)
Ihara Saikaku
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Birthdate: 1642 AD
Birthplace: Ōsaka
Died: September 9, 1693

Remembered for his contribution to the revival of the Japanese literature, Ihara Saikaku was possibly the most popular writer in the entire Tokugawa period. Beginning his career with haikai no renga, depicting contemporary chōnin life through them, he later started writing novels, creating floating world genre of literature; Life of an Amorous Man was his first work of this variety.

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Yōsuke Kuroda
(Novelist, Screenwriter)
Yōsuke Kuroda
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Birthdate: March 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yokkaichi
Yōsuke Kuroda, a Japanese anime screenwriter from Mie Prefecture, is noted for his work on authoring the scenario, screenplay, and story composition of the anime series Excel Saga, Please Teacher! He also created its sequel Please Twins!, Honey and Clover, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 among others. Kuroda was honoured with Individual Award at the 8th Animation Kobe event in 2003.
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Takizawa Bakin
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Birthdate: July 4, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 1, 1848
Japanese novelist Takizawa Bakin belonged to the Edo period and was known as a gesaku author. Admired for his lengthy and serious historical novels, Bakin published over 200 works during his prolific career. He created the historical romance in Japan with special attention to Chinese civilization, Buddhist philosophy, and national history. Nansō Satomi hakkenden is among his most popular works.
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Fujiwara no Teika
(Writer, Literary Critic and the Greatest Master of the Waka Poetic Form)
Fujiwara no Teika
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Birthdate: 1162 AD
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Died: September 26, 1241

Fujiwara no Teika was a Japanese anthologist, literary critic, calligrapher, novelist, scribe, and poet. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese poets of all time, Fujiwara no Teika was very influential during the late-Heian and early-Kamakura periods. Considered the greatest exponent of the waka form, Fujiwara no Teika's ideas dominated classical Japanese poetry for centuries after his death.

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Yūko Tsushima
(Writer, Novelist, Short story writer, Literary critic)
Yūko Tsushima
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Birthdate: March 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mitaka
Died: February 18, 2016

One of Japan's most distinguished female authors, Yūko Tsushima wrote mostly about marginalized section of the society, including abandoned women who try to break out of the assigned gender roles, drawing many of the characters from her personal experience as single mother. Winner of numerous national and international awards, her works have been translated into at least 13 languages.

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Yoshihiro Tatsumi
(Manga Artist)
Yoshihiro Tatsumi
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Birthdate: June 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Japan
Died: March 7, 2015

Award-winning Japanese manga-artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi is generally credited for starting the gekiga style of alternative manga in Japan. This style of Japanese comics (name coined by Tatsumi in 1957) features more mature themes, graphic and violence. Noted works of Tatsumi in this style include Black Blizzard, The Push Man and Other Stories and Fallen Words.

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Phyllis Ayame Whitney
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Birthdate: September 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Died: February 8, 2008

Phyllis Ayame Whitney was an American writer best remembered for writing mystery novels. Dubbed the Queen of the American Gothics, Whitney won an Edgar Award for her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool in 1961. In 1988, she was honored with the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America for her overall contribution.

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Kobayashi Takiji
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Birthdate: October 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odate, Akita, Japan
Died: February 20, 1933

Kobayashi Takiji was a Japanese author best remembered for his short novel Crab Cannery Ship, which narrates the hardship faced by seamen, fishermen, and cannery workers aboard a cannery ship. Many of his works have been translated into several languages, including English, Spanish, and French among other languages. His death helped throw light on the brutality of the Tokkō police.

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Fumiko Hayashi
(Novelist)
Fumiko Hayashi
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Birthdate: December 31, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: June 28, 1951

Fumiko Hayashi was a Japanese poet and novelist whose works are remembered for their feminist themes. Many of her works, which revolved around troubled relationships and free-spirited women, were adapted into films. Her best-known work Hōrōki was not only adapted into an anime but was also translated into English. Fumiko Hayashi's life inspired a biographical film titled A Wanderer's Notebook.

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Sakyo Komatsu
(Fiction Writer)
Sakyo Komatsu
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Birthdate: January 28, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nishi Ward, Osaka, Japan
Died: July 26, 2011

Sakyo Komatsu was a Japanese writer and screenwriter. Counted among the most popular and influential science fiction writers in Japan, Komatsu is best known for writing such novels as Sayonara Jupiter and Japan Sinks, which were adapted into films. In 1985, he won the prestigious Nihon SF Taisho Award for his work.

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Shiga Naoya
(Writer)
Shiga Naoya
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Birthdate: February 20, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oshika District, Miyagi, Japan
Died: October 21, 1971

Shiga Naoya was a Japanese short story writer and novelist best remembered for his works produced during the Shōwa and Taishō periods of Japan. He is credited with co-founding an influential literary magazine named Shirakaba which was published from 1910 to 1923. He is also credited with popularizing the I Novel literary form.

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Ozaki Kōyō
(Author)
Ozaki Kōyō
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Birthdate: January 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shibadaimon, Tokyo, Japan
Died: October 30, 1903

Ozaki Kōyō was a Japanese poet and author. He is credited with founding a literary magazine called Ken'yūsha which was published widely during Meiji era Japan. Some of his works, such as Tajō Takon and Konjiki Yasha, were serialized for magazines. Ozaki Kōyō is also credited with mentoring students like Izumi Kyōka and Tokuda Shūsei, who became famous authors themselves.

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Takeo Arishima
(Novelist)
Takeo Arishima
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Birthdate: March 4, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 9, 1923

Takeo Arishima was a Japanese short-story writer, novelist, and essayist who worked during the Taishō and late Meiji periods. In addition to being a writer, Takeo Arishima also served as a teacher at his alma mater. Many of his major works, including Aru Onna and Kain no Matsuei, were translated into English by popular authors.

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Inoue Yasushi
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Birthdate: May 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Died: January 29, 1991

Inoue Yasushi was a Japanese novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist. Best remembered for writing autobiographical and historical fiction, Yasushi received several prestigious awards including the Akutagawa Prize, Noma Literary Prize, Yomiuri Prize, Kikuchi Kan Prize, and Asahi Prize. Many of his works have been adapted into films, TV series, and stage shows.

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Enchi Fumiko
(Author)
Enchi Fumiko
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Birthdate: October 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: November 12, 1986

Enchi Fumiko was a Japanese writer whose novel, Days of Hunger, earned her the Women's Literature Prize in 1954. One of the most important and popular women writers of the Shōwa era, Enchi also won the Noma Literary Prize for her novel The Waiting Years. Her works were renowned for incorporating elements of eroticism, realism, and fantasy.

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Hiroshi Mori
(novelist)
Hiroshi Mori
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Birthdate: December 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture

Hiroshi Mori is a Japanese engineer and writer best known for writing mystery novels like The Perfect Insider which earned him the prestigious Mephisto Prize in 1996. He has also served as an assistant professor at several institutions like Mie University and Nagoya University.

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Kan Kikuchi
(Author)
Kan Kikuchi
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Birthdate: December 26, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan
Died: March 6, 1948

Kan Kikuchi was a Japanese author who founded a popular publishing company called Bungeishunjū and a successful magazine of the same name. He is also credited with establishing the Naoki and Akutagawa Prize for popular literature as well as the Japan Writer's Association. Kikuchi also served as the head of Daiei Motion Picture Company which was later renamed Kadokawa Pictures.

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Nagai Kafū
(Author)
Nagai Kafū
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Birthdate: December 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: April 30, 1959

Nagai Kafū was a Japanese author, essayist, playwright, and diarist. He is credited with depicting the lives of prostitutes, geishas, and cabaret dancers in early 20th-century Tokyo through his works. Many of his works such as Ude Kurabe have been translated into English.

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