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List of the most popular authors from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Japanese authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Japanese writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This is a list that includes authors like Kaiko Takeshi and Yoshida Sunao.

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea Mishima Yukio is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th ...more

Yoshihisa Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Phonon-Assisted Exciton-Polariton Emission in a Microcavity, Wannier Exciton Superradiance in a Quantum-Well Microcavity, Excitonic Superradiance to Exciton-Polariton Crossover and the Pole Approximation Yoshihisa Yamamoto is a scientist and engineer and winner of the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon.

Kisho Kurokawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kishō Kurokawa, Kyosei no shiso, Hana-suki Kisho Kurokawa was a leading Japanese architect and one of the founders of the Metabolist Movement.

Takeshi Shudo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Eien no firēna. 7, Eien no firēna. 4, Eien no firēna. 5 Takeshi Shudo was a Japanese scriptwriter, best known for his work on the Pokémon franchise.

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Responsa of Professor Louis Ginzberg, Halakha For Our Time, Rediscovering the Art of Jewish Prayer Matsuoka Yoshitsugo is a voice actor.

Sawako Ariyoshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Sawako Ariyoshi The Doctor's Wife, The River Ki, Hanaoka Seishū no tsuma Sawako Ariyoshi was a Japanese writer and novelist.

Daisaku Ikeda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Choose Life, Planetary Citizenship, Sobre El Profundo Mar Azul Daisaku Ikeda is the spiritual leader and former president of the Nichiren Buddhist Soka Gakkai, the largest of Japan's new religious movements, and also one of the most controversial. Ikeda is ...more

Jun Henmi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Jun Henmi Otoko-tachi no Yamato Jun Henmi is an author.

Takashi Nagatsuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Soil, Nagatsuka Takashi, Earth Takashi Nagatsuka was a Japanese poet and novelist. According to prominent historian Ann Waswo, Nagatsuka Takashi was born into a landowning family. Generally, he was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, ...more

Kenichi Ohmae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Beyond national borders, The Invisible Continent: Four Strategic Imperatives of the New Economy, The Borderless World Kenichi Ohmae is a Japanese organizational theorist, management consultant, Former Professor and Dean of UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and author, known developed the 3C's Model.

Michizō Tachihara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Michizō Tachihara was a Japanese poet and architect. He died at age 24 from tuberculosis, before either career could seriously get under way. Michizō struggled to find a way for an urban poet to ...more

Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Rashomon, Something like an autobiography, Seven Samurai and other screenplays Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. ...more

Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kottō; being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs, Lafcadio Hearn: Japan's great interpreter: a new anthology of his writings Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ...more

Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese director, comedian, singer, actor, show host, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical ...more

Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen Liv Johanne Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and film director. She is known as one of the "muses" of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – ...more

Mamoru Oshii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Hellhounds Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director, and writer. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura, ...more

Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Grapefruit, This is not here, Yoko Ono Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. ...more

Yasushi Inoue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Der Stierkampf, Bunmei tozen, Shi to ai to sei Yasushi Inoue was a writer, novelist, poet and essayist.

Mitsuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Reliability and degradation of semiconductor lasers and LEDs, Optical semiconductor devices Mitsuo Fukuda is a Japanese anime and film director best known for his work on Future GPX Cyber Formula, Gear Fighter Dendoh, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. He is ...more

Noriko Sakai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Noripī rando, Noripīchan, Shokuzai Noriko Sakai is a Japanese singer and actress. She was born in Japan, Fukuoka, debuting in 1986 as an idol singer identity, when her short hair style, sweet smile, youthful image became a ...more

Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yami No Matsuei 11, Adolf, Volume 4 Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and ...more

Shūsaku Endō is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The golden country, The Samurai, A life of Jesus Shūsaku Endō was a Japanese author who wrote from the rare perspective of a Japanese Roman Catholic. Together with Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Shōtarō Yasuoka, Junzo Shono, Hiroyuki Agawa, Ayako Sono, ...more

Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling ...more

Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Mako Iwamatsu was a Japanese-born American actor and voice artist who has been nominated for numerous awards. Many of his acting roles credited him simply as Mako where he omits his surname. He ...more

Leiji Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Capitaine Albator, tome 5, Galaxy Express 999 Leiji Matsumoto is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. His wife Miyako Maki is also known as a manga artist.

Yu Watase is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
El Arte De Ayashi No Ceres, Yuhi, Volume 2 Yu Watase is a female Japanese shōjo manga artist.

Jirō Akagawa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Jirō Akagawa Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Midnight suite, Tui li bo wu guan Jirō Akagawa is a Japanese novelist born in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Yasunari Kawabata is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Sound of the Mountain, Thousand Cranes, Tōkyō no hito Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose sparse, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to ...more

Yoshiyuki Tomino is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Brain Powered 02, Gundam Seed Astray R, Brain Powered 04 Yoshiyuki Tomino is a Japanese mecha anime creator, animator, songwriter, artist, director, screenwriter and novelist. He was born in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, and studied at Nihon ...more

Yasutaka Tsutsui is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, Yakusai hanten Yasutaka Tsutsui is a Japanese novelist, science fiction author, and actor. His Yumenokizaka bunkiten won the Tanizaki Prize in 1987. He has also won the 1981 Izumi Kyoka award, the 1989 ...more

Kazuo Koike is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Flute of the Fallen Tiger, Wounded Man, Volume 5 Kazuo Koike is a prolific Japanese manga writer, novelist and entrepreneur.

Shintaro Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Waga jinsei no toki no toki, Ansatsu no hekiga, Raiseiki no yoin Shintaro Ishihara is a Japanese politician and author who was Governor of Tokyo from 1999 to 2012. His arts career included a prize-winning novel, best-sellers and work also in theater, film and ...more

Katsuhiro Otomo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Visions of Arzach, Mother Sarah, tome 1 Katsuhiro Otomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film adaptation. He was decorated a Chevalier of ...more

Donald Keene is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Nō: the classical theatre of Japan, Seeds in the Heart, The Tale of the Shining Princess Donald Lawrence Keene is an American-born Japanese scholar, historian, teacher, writer and translator of Japanese literature. Keene is University Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor ...more

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kairo Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, film critic and a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror

Mitsumasa Anno is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
All in a day, Ce jour làÂ, Anno's sundial Mitsumasa Anno is a Japanese illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books with few or no words. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1984 ...more

Ryunosuke Akutagawa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kappa, Japanese short stories, Mandarins Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story" and Japan's premier literary award, the ...more

Makoto Raiku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
11 (Konjiki no Gasshu !!, 4 (Konjiki no Gasshu !!, 19 (Konjiki no Gasshu !! Makoto Raiku is a screenwriter.

Reiko Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Reiko Yoshida Tokyo Mew Mew 01, Tokyo Mewmew, Omnibus Vol. 3 Reiko Yoshida is a female Japanese screenwriter and manga artist.

Hideyuki Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
A Wind Named Amnesia, Vampire Hunter D: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea, Demon City Shinjuku Hideyuki Kikuchi is a Japanese author famous for his horror novels. His most famous works include the Vampire Hunter D series, Darkside Blues and Wicked City. He has been compared to both ...more

Masanobu Fukuoka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
L'Agriculture naturelle, 神と自然と人, 無1 神の革命 Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands. He was a proponent of no-till, no-herbicide grain cultivation ...more

Ai Kago is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kago Ai Live—Miseinen Hakusho Ai Kago is a Japanese singer, actress, author and former Guinness World Record holder. At age 12, Kago won the 4th National Audition of Morning Musume held by the Up-Front Works Agency in 2000, ...more

Aki Hoshino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Hoshino Body Aki Hoshino is a Japanese bikini idol. She has appeared in various men's magazines, such as Sabra and television shows. In 2010, she was named one of the "7 most irresistibly cute Japanese ...more

Sessue Hayakawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Zen showed me the way Sessue Hayakawa was a Japanese Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first ...more

Eiji Yoshikawa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Musashi, Zuihitsu Miyamoto Musashi, Shin Heike monogatari Eiji Yoshikawa was a Japanese historical novelist. Among his best-known novels are revisions of older classics. He was mainly influenced by classics such as The Tale of the Heike, Tale of Genji, ...more

Shinichiro Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Cowboy Bebop Film Manga Volume 1, Edo no onnatachi no enishi o moyau akai ito, Seiyo koten goten Shinichirō Watanabe is a Japanese anime filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for directing the critically acclaimed and commercially successful anime series Cowboy Bebop and ...more

Yoshitaka Amano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Vampire Hunter D Volume 2, Worlds of Amano, Fairies Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theatre and film scenic designer and costume designer. He first came into prominence in the late 1960s working on the ...more

Murasaki Shikibu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Tale of Genji, Miotsukushi, The sacred tree Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese ...more

Eiko Ishioka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Eiko on stage, Eiko by Eiko, Ishioka Eiko fushi kaden Eiko Ishioka was a Japanese art director, costume and graphic designer known for her work in stage, screen, advertising and print media. Noted for her advertising campaigns for the Japanese ...more

Sion Sono is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Suicide Circle: The Complete Edition Sion Sono is a Japanese filmmaker, author and poet.