Find out more about the greatest Japanese Writers, including Haruki Murakami, Issei Sagawa, Yukio Mishima, Masaru Emoto and Jiro Horikoshi.
Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949
 
Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
14 January 1925
Playwright

Marie KondoMarie Kondo
09 October 1984
Organizing Expert

Osamu DazaiOsamu Dazai
19 June 1909
Author

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
07 December 1979
Actor, Writer, Novelist

Murasaki ShikibuMurasaki Shikibu
0973 AD
Novelist
Kōbō AbeKōbō Abe
07 March 1924
Writer

BashoBasho
1644 AD
Poet

Junji ItoJunji Ito
31 July 1963
Manga artist
Issei SagawaIssei Sagawa
26 April 1949
actor, writer, novelist, mangaka, translator

Takeshi KitanoTakeshi Kitano
18 January 1947
Film director, Actor, Painter, Owarai tarento,
Jiro HorikoshiJiro Horikoshi
22 June 1903
Aerospace engineer, Engineer

Osamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka
03 November 1928
Film director, Film producer, Mangaka, Animator,

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

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
20 February 1943
Politician, Professional wrestler, Writer, Actor

Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki
02 October 1978
Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor,
Masaru EmotoMasaru Emoto
22 July 1943
Essayist, Writer

Fukuzawa YukichiFukuzawa Yukichi
10 January 1835
Writer, Teacher, Educationist, Philosopher,

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University

Yasunari KawabataYasunari Kawabata
11 June 1899
Novelist
Hironobu SakaguchiHironobu Sakaguchi
25 November 1962
Game designer

Mamoru OshiiMamoru Oshii
08 August 1951
Film director, Screenwriter, Mangaka, Television
Kenzaburō ŌeKenzaburō Ōe
31 January 1935
Writer

Kentaro YabukiKentaro Yabuki
04 February 1980
Mangaka

Daisaku IkedaDaisaku Ikeda
02 January 1928
Poet, Writer
Edogawa RanpoEdogawa Ranpo
21 October 1894
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Literary critic,

Mineko IwasakiMineko Iwasaki
02 November 1949
Autobiographer, Geisha
Reki KawaharaReki Kawahara
1974 AD
writer, novelist, seiyū, science fiction writer

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

D. T. SuzukiD. T. Suzuki
18 October 1870
Author
Yasutaka TsutsuiYasutaka Tsutsui
24 September 1934
Actor, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science

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Yoshiyuki TominoYoshiyuki Tomino
05 November 1941
Film director, Screenwriter, Novelist
Ai IijimaAi Iijima
31 October 1972
Adult Film Star, AV idol, Seiyū, Tarento, Glamor

Masako NatsumeMasako Natsume
17 December 1957
Actor, Model, Poet

Takashi ShimizuTakashi Shimizu
27 July 1972
Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer

Juzo ItamiJuzo Itami
15 May 1933
Actor
Banana YoshimotoBanana Yoshimoto
24 July 1964
Writer
Kenji MiyazawaKenji Miyazawa
27 August 1896
Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, Esperantist,

Hiro MizushimaHiro Mizushima
13 April 1984
Actor, Writer, Film actor, Model

Shūsaku EndōShūsaku Endō
27 March 1923
Japanese author

Shigeru MizukiShigeru Mizuki
08 March 1922
Mangaka, Writer, Lyricist
Hajime SorayamaHajime Sorayama
22 February 1947
Artist, Illustrator, Painter

Chūya NakaharaChūya Nakahara
29 April 1907
Poet, Writer, Tanka poet, Translator

Seijun SuzukiSeijun Suzuki
24 May 1923
Film director, Television director, Actor, Writer,

Shinichi MochizukiShinichi Mochizuki
29 March 1969
mathematician

Shintaro IshiharaShintaro Ishihara
30 September 1932
Politician
Katsura HoshinoKatsura Hoshino
21 April 1980
Mangaka

Yōko OgawaYōko Ogawa
30 March 1962
Novelist, Writer
Gengoroh TagameGengoroh Tagame
03 February 1964
Illustrator, Mangaka

Yuyuko TakemiyaYuyuko Takemiya
24 February 1978
Writer, Novelist

Sei ShōnagonSei Shōnagon
0966 AD
Writer
YoshitoshiYoshitoshi
30 April 1839
Engraver, Painter, Poet

Sakyo KomatsuSakyo Komatsu
28 January 1931
Fiction Writer
Hideo NakataHideo Nakata
19 July 1961
Film director, Film producer, Writer, Screenwriter

Mikio NaruseMikio Naruse
20 August 1905
Film director, Writer, Film producer, Screenwriter

Hitoshi IwaakiHitoshi Iwaaki
28 July 1960
Mangaka

Kazushige NojimaKazushige Nojima
20 January 1964
Screenwriter, Writer

Shūji TerayamaShūji Terayama
10 December 1935
Poet, Playwright, Writer, Film director,
Eiji YoshikawaEiji Yoshikawa
11 August 1892
Novelist

Toshio FurukawaToshio Furukawa
16 July 1946
Actor, Playwright, Seiyū

Yamamoto TsunetomoYamamoto Tsunetomo
11 June 1659
Philosopher, Writer

Kido TakayoshiKido Takayoshi
11 August 1833
Politician, Statesman, Diplomat
Kaneto ShindoKaneto Shindo
22 April 1912
Film Director

Yosano AkikoYosano Akiko
07 December 1878
Author
Kobayashi IssaKobayashi Issa
15 June 1763
Poet

Kyōka IzumiKyōka Izumi
04 November 1873
Novelist

Satoshi UrushiharaSatoshi Urushihara
09 February 1966
Mangaka, Writer, Animator
Izumo no OkuniIzumo no Okuni
1572 AD
Inventor

Shigeo ShingoShigeo Shingo
1909 AD
engineer, writer, economist
Yūko TsushimaYūko Tsushima
30 March 1947
Writer, Novelist, Short story writer, Literary

Koji SuzukiKoji Suzuki
13 May 1957
Writer, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer

Matsudaira KatamoriMatsudaira Katamori
15 February 1836
Poet
Okakura KakuzōOkakura Kakuzō
14 February 1862
Art critic

ShinranShinran
28 May 1173
monk
Chikamatsu MonzaemonChikamatsu Monzaemon
1653 AD
writer, playwright

Natsuo KirinoNatsuo Kirino
07 October 1951
Novelist, Writer

Masaoka ShikiMasaoka Shiki
14 October 1867
Poet

Yōsuke KurodaYōsuke Kuroda
29 March 1968
Novelist, Screenwriter
RyōkanRyōkan
02 November 1758
Buddhist Monk
Zeami MotokiyoZeami Motokiyo
1363 AD
Actor

Yosa BusonYosa Buson
1716 AD
Poet

Tarō OkamotoTarō Okamoto
26 February 1911
Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Writer, Photographer,

Toyohiko KagawaToyohiko Kagawa
10 July 1888
Peace Activist
Ihara SaikakuIhara Saikaku
1642 AD
poet, novelist, writer

Takizawa BakinTakizawa Bakin
04 July 1767
Writer

Hirotada OtotakeHirotada Ototake
06 April 1976
Teacher, Writer

Yoshihiro TatsumiYoshihiro Tatsumi
10 June 1935
Manga Artist

Ikujiro NonakaIkujiro Nonaka
10 May 1935
Economist, University teacher
Yoshida KenkōYoshida Kenkō
1283 AD
Author

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

Ueda AkinariUeda Akinari
25 July 1734
Author
Hayashi RazanHayashi Razan
1583 AD
Philosopher
Masuji IbuseMasuji Ibuse
15 February 1898
Writer