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abekobo2 Abe Kobo (1924-1993)
Abe is best known for The Woman in the Dunes (1962).

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akutagawa Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927)
Born in Tokyo, Akutagawa studied literature at Tokyo Imperial University. His psychological novel Rashomon later became a film directed by Kurosawa. Akutagawa committed suicide at age 35.

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dazai Dazai Osamu (1909-1948)
Dazai Osamu, the pseudonym of Tsushima Shuji, was one of Japan's leading post-WW II novelists.

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endo Endo Shusaku (1923-1996)
Endo is a Christian author.

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Takashi Atoda Atoda Takashi (1935- )
One of Japan's most famous short-story writers.

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Futabatei Shimei Futabatei Shimei (1864-1909)
Best remembered for Ukigumo (The Drifting Cloud, 1887), Japan's first serious novel written in colloquial Japanese.

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Ibuse Masuji Ibuse Masuji (1898-1993)
His novel Black Rain (Kuroi Ame, 1965) examines the effects of WW II on the inhabitants of Hiroshima.

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Inoue YasushiInoue Yasushi Inoue Yasushi (1907-1991)

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Ishiguro Kazuo Ishiguro Kazuo (1954- )
British novelist.

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ishikawa2 Ishikawa Takuboku (1886-1912)

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kawabata Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972)
Kawabata, a novelist and short-story writer, became the first Japanese to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968.

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Kita Morio Kita Morio (1927- )
Trained in psychiatry at Tohoku University, Kita practiced at Keio University Hospital before becoming a writer.

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kitahara
Kitahara Hakushu (1885-1942)

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Kizaki Kizaki Satoko (1939- )

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kunikida Kunikida Doppo Kunikida Doppo (1871-1908)

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Maruya Saiichi Maruya Saiichi (1925- )

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Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)
American journalist and novelist who, with the help of his Japanese wife, became the first Westerner to deeply understand the Japanese culture, which he introduced to Western readers in numerous English books and articles. Born in Greece and raised in Dublin, he was named "Lafcadio" after the Ionian island of Lefkas. Hearn became a Japanese citizen in 1894 (Japanese name: Koizumi Yakumo).

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mishima Mishima Yukio (1925-1970)
Born Hiraoka Kimitake. In his novels, plays, and short stories, Mishima romanticized pre-Western Japan. Mishima committed ritual seppuku (aka hara-kiri, belly cutting).

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moriogai Mori Ogai (1862-1922)
Mori wrote novels, drama, poetry, etc. The Wild Geese (1911-1913) describes the plight of a girl forced to be a mistress.

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Mukoda Kuniko Mukoda Kuniko (1929-1981)

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murakami Murakami Haruki (1949- )
Murakami writes of the rebelliousness and anomie of the 1960s.

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murakami_ryu Murakami Ryu (1952- )
Winner of the Gunzo Literature Prize and the Akutagawa Prize.

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Nagai Kafu Nagai Kafu (1879-1959)
Nagai was a novelist who studied in the U.S. and France.

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nagatsuka Nagatsuka Takashi (1879-1915)
Famous poet and writer of the Meiji (1968-1912) and early Taisho (1912-1926) eras.

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Natsume Soseki (1867-1916)
One of Japan's greatest modern writers, Natsume was a master of the psychological novel.

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oe2 oe Oe Kenzaburo (1935- )
Known for his pacifistic novels and his fiction devoted to his mentally retarded son, Oe won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994.

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Nitta Jiro (1942- )

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Oda Oda Sakunosuke (1913-1947)

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Okamoto Kanoko Okamoto Kanoko (1889-1939)

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saito Saito Sanki (1900-1962)
A dentist and haiku poet, Saito founded several haiku associations and haiku revues.

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Shiga Naoya Shiga Naoya (1883-1971)

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shimada_m Shimada Masahiko (1961- )

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shimazaki Shimazaki Toson (1872-1943)
Shimazaki was known for his first-person novels (watakushi shosetsu).

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Shono Junzo Shono Junzo (1921- )

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Tanizaki Jun'ichiro
(1886-1965)
Novelist who wrote about traditional Japanese culture.

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Uchida Yoshiko Uchida Yoshiko (c. 1921-1992)
American writer who wrote about the Japanese experience in California.

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Tokutomi Kenjiro Tokutomi Kenjiro (1868-1927)

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Tsushima Yuko Tsushima Yuko (1947- )

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unochiyo unochiyo2 Uno Chiyo (1897-1996)

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yosano Yosano Akiko (1878-1942)
A composer of 31-syllable tanka poems, Yosano was known as the Poetess of Passion.

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yoshikawa Yoshikawa Eiji (1892-1962)

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yoshimoto Yoshimoto Banana (1964- )

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