Yukio Mishima

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Yukio Mishima, pseudonym of Hiraoka Kimitake, was considered one of the most important Japanese novelist of the 20th century. He was born in Tokyo in 1925, and died there in 1970. Mishima was the son of a high civil servant and attended the aristocratic Peers School in Tokyo. During World War II, having failed to […]

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

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Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) is considered the father of the Japanese short story. He wrote more than 150 short stories, including “In a Grove” and “Rashōmon,” on which director Akira Kurosawa based his renowned film. Akutagawa was born in Tokyo to a mentally-ill mother who committed suicide shortly after his birth. His father, who struggled to raise him, transferred the child to his […]