Famous People From Japan
Find out more about the greatest Japanese Novelists, including Haruki Murakami, Yukio Mishima, Yayoi Kusama, Ayako Fujitani and Murasaki Shikibu.
Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949
 
Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
07 December 1979
Actor, Writer, Novelist

Murasaki ShikibuMurasaki Shikibu
0973 AD
Novelist

Kōbō AbeKōbō Abe
07 March 1924
Writer

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa
10 June 1889
Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University
Yasunari KawabataYasunari Kawabata
11 June 1899
Novelist

Mamoru OshiiMamoru Oshii
08 August 1951
Film director, Screenwriter, Mangaka, Television

Reki KawaharaReki Kawahara
1974 AD
writer, novelist, seiyū, science fiction writer
Kenzaburō ŌeKenzaburō Ōe
31 January 1935
Writer

Edogawa RanpoEdogawa Ranpo
21 October 1894
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Literary critic,
Yasutaka TsutsuiYasutaka Tsutsui
24 September 1934
Actor, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science

Akiyuki NosakaAkiyuki Nosaka
10 October 1930
Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Singer, Lyricist,

Yoshiyuki TominoYoshiyuki Tomino
05 November 1941
Film director, Screenwriter, Novelist

Kentaro YabukiKentaro Yabuki
04 February 1980
Mangaka

Ai IijimaAi Iijima
31 October 1972
Adult Film Star, AV idol, Seiyū, Tarento, Glamor
Banana YoshimotoBanana Yoshimoto
24 July 1964
Writer

Kenji MiyazawaKenji Miyazawa
27 August 1896
Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, Esperantist,

Yōko OgawaYōko Ogawa
30 March 1962
Novelist, Writer

Shintaro IshiharaShintaro Ishihara
30 September 1932
Politician
Yuyuko TakemiyaYuyuko Takemiya
24 February 1978
Writer, Novelist

Sakyo KomatsuSakyo Komatsu
28 January 1931
Fiction Writer
Eiji YoshikawaEiji Yoshikawa
11 August 1892
Novelist

Shūji TerayamaShūji Terayama
10 December 1935
Poet, Playwright, Writer, Film director,

Kyōka IzumiKyōka Izumi
04 November 1873
Novelist
Yūko TsushimaYūko Tsushima
30 March 1947
Writer, Novelist, Short story writer, Literary

Natsuo KirinoNatsuo Kirino
07 October 1951
Novelist, Writer
Takizawa BakinTakizawa Bakin
04 July 1767
Writer

Yōsuke KurodaYōsuke Kuroda
29 March 1968
Novelist, Screenwriter

Yoshihiro TatsumiYoshihiro Tatsumi
10 June 1935
Manga Artist
Ihara SaikakuIhara Saikaku
1642 AD
poet, novelist, writer

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Fujiwara no TeikaFujiwara no Teika
1162 AD
Poet
Takeo ArishimaTakeo Arishima
04 March 1878
Novelist

Masuji IbuseMasuji Ibuse
15 February 1898
Writer

Kan KikuchiKan Kikuchi
26 December 1888
Author

Ozaki KōyōOzaki Kōyō
10 January 1868
Author
Uchimura KanzōUchimura Kanzō
26 March 1861
Writer
Kōda RohanKōda Rohan
23 July 1867
Novelist, Writer, Literary critic

Kenji NakagamiKenji Nakagami
02 August 1946
Novelist

Miri YuMiri Yu
22 June 1968
Author

Kenjirō TokutomiKenjirō Tokutomi
08 December 1868
Author
Shungicu UchidaShungicu Uchida
07 August 1959
Artist

Sawako AriyoshiSawako Ariyoshi
20 January 1931
Author

Hideo KobayashiHideo Kobayashi
11 April 1902
Author

Futabatei ShimeiFutabatei Shimei
04 April 1864
Author

Saneatsu MushanokōjiSaneatsu Mushanokōji
12 May 1885
Novelist
Kō MachidaKō Machida
15 January 1962
Actor, Novelist, Poet, Writer, Singer, Lyricist

Masao KumeMasao Kume
23 November 1891
Playwright
Tsubouchi ShōyōTsubouchi Shōyō
22 June 1859
Author

Risa WatayaRisa Wataya
01 February 1984
Novelist

Shōhei ŌokaShōhei Ōoka
06 March 1909
Author
Dazai OsamuDazai Osamu
19 June 1909
Author

Hajime KawakamiHajime Kawakami
20 October 1879
Economist
Junnosuke YoshiyukiJunnosuke Yoshiyuki
13 April 1924
Novelist

Fumio NiwaFumio Niwa
22 November 1904
Novelist

Yōjirō IshizakaYōjirō Ishizaka
25 July 1900
Novelist

Kyūya FukadaKyūya Fukada
11 March 1903
Writer, Novelist, Mountaineer

Itō SachioItō Sachio
18 September 1864
Poet, Novelist, Writer, Tanka poet, Literary
Kitano TakeshiKitano Takeshi
18 January 1947
Actor

Nobuo KojimaNobuo Kojima
28 February 1915
Novelist

Hakuchō MasamuneHakuchō Masamune
03 March 1879
Critic

Jūgatsu ToiJūgatsu Toi
28 October 1948
Novelist
Shiga NaoyaShiga Naoya
20 February 1883
Writer

Hiroshi NomaHiroshi Noma
23 February 1915
Author
Phyllis Ayame WhitneyPhyllis Ayame Whitney
09 September 1903
Author

Chōgorō KaionjiChōgorō Kaionji
05 November 1901
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer

Kōshū TaniKōshū Tani
30 March 1951
Novelist, Science fiction writer
Sue SumiiSue Sumii
07 January 1902
Writer

Hideji HōjōHideji Hōjō
07 November 1902
Writer
Kobayashi TakijiKobayashi Takiji
13 October 1903
Author

Inoue YasushiInoue Yasushi
06 May 1907
Writer

Kunikida DoppoKunikida Doppo
30 August 1871
Novelist
Higuchi IchiyōHiguchi Ichiyō
02 May 1872
Author

Soseki NatsumeSoseki Natsume
09 February 1867
Novelist
Fumiko HayashiFumiko Hayashi
31 December 1903
Novelist

Shugoro YamamotoShugoro Yamamoto
22 June 1903
 

Enchi FumikoEnchi Fumiko
02 October 1905
Author

Nagai KafūNagai Kafū
03 December 1879
Author
Hiroshi MoriHiroshi Mori
07 December 1957
novelist
Shimazaki TōsonShimazaki Tōson
25 March 1872
Author

Tanizaki Jun'ichirōTanizaki Jun'ichirō
24 July 1886
Writer

Tayama KataiTayama Katai
22 January 1872
Novelist

Kōji NakanoKōji Nakano
01 January 1925
Translator, Novelist, Critic
Kanehara HitomiKanehara Hitomi
08 August 1983
Author

Satō HaruoSatō Haruo
09 April 1892
Author