Japanese People

Famous Novelists from Japan

List of notable or famous novelists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Japan and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Japan is included when available.

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This historic novelists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Japan?" These prominent novelists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese novelists.

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  • Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake, January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, film ...more
  • Kenji Miyazawa (宮沢 賢治 or 宮澤 賢治, Miyazawa Kenji, 27 August 1896 – 21 September 1933) was a Japanese poet and author of children's literature from Hanamaki, Iwate, in the late Taishō and early Shōwa ...more
  • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, 1 March 1892 – 24 July 1927), art name Chōkōdō Shujin (澄江堂主人), was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the ...more
  • Tarō Hirai (平井 太郎, Hirai Tarō, October 21, 1894 – July 28, 1965), better known by the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩), also romanized as Edogawa Rampo, was a Japanese author and critic who played a ...more
  • Takeo Arishima was a novelist.
  • Osamu Tezuka (Japanese: 手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治, Hepburn: Tezuka Osamu, (1928-11-03)3 November 1928 – 9 February 1989) was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator, and film producer. Born in Osaka ...more
  • Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹, Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated ...more
  • Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成, Kawabata Yasunari, 11 June 1899 – 16 April 1972) was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for ...more
  • Norio Nagayama (永山 則夫, Nagayama Norio, June 27, 1949 – August 1, 1997) was a Japanese spree killer and novelist.
  • Yuu Watase (渡瀬 悠宇, Watase Yuu, born March 5, 1970, in Kishiwada, Osaka) is a Japanese shōjo manga artist. Watase received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Ceres, Celestial Legend in 1997. ...more
  • Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga artist, game artist and character designer. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga ...more
  • Kuniko Mukōda (向田 邦子, Mukōda Kuniko, November 28, 1929 – August 22, 1981) was a Japanese TV screenwriter. Most of her scripts focus on day-to-day family life and relationships. She won the 83rd Naoki ...more
  • Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916), born Natsume Kin'nosuke (夏目 金之助), was a Japanese novelist. He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished ...more
  • Takashi Nagatsuka (長塚 節, Nagatsuka Takashi, April 3, 1879–February 8, 1915) was a Japanese poet and novelist. According to prominent historian Ann Waswo, Nagatsuka Takashi was born into a landowning ...more
  • Novala Takemoto (嶽本 野ばら, Takemoto Nobara, born January 26, 1968) is a Japanese author and fashion designer. His real name is Toshiaki Takemoto (嶽本 稔明, Takemoto Toshiaki). His pen name is translatable ...more
  • Yasushi Inoue (井上靖, Inoue Yasushi, May 6, 1907 – January 29, 1991) was a Japanese writer of poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels. Born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido in 1907, Inoue was raised in ...more
  • Ichiyō Higuchi (樋口 一葉, Higuchi Ichiyō, May 2, 1872 – November 23, 1896) was the pen name of Japanese author Natsu Higuchi (樋口 奈津, Higuchi Natsu), also known as Natsuko Higuchi (樋口 夏子, Higuchi ...more
  • Kaitarō Hasegawa (長谷川海太郎, Hasegawa Kaitarō, 17 January 1900 - 29 June 1935) was a novelist in the early Shōwa period Japan. He wrote under numerous pen names, each with a unique personality, and ...more
  • Michiko Yamamoto (山本道子, Yamamoto Michiko, born 4 December 1936) is the professional name of Michiko Furuya (古屋道子, Furuya Michiko), a Japanese writer and poet. Yamamoto has won the Shincho Prize for ...more
  • Shinichi Hoshi (星 新一 Hoshi Shin'ichi, September 6, 1926 – December 30, 1997) was a Japanese novelist and science fiction writer best known for his "short-short" science fiction stories, often no more ...more
  • Masashi Sada (さだ まさし, Sada Masashi, born April 10, 1952) is a Japanese singer, lyricist, composer, novelist, actor, and a film producer. Sada formed the folk duo Grape with Masami Yoshida in 1972, ...more
  • Shūsaku Endō (遠藤 周作, Endō Shūsaku, March 27, 1923 – September 29, 1996) was a Japanese author who wrote from the rare perspective of a Japanese Roman Catholic. Together with Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, ...more
  • Kōbō Abe (安部 公房, Abe Kōbō), pen name of Kimifusa Abe (安部 公房, Abe Kimifusa, March 7, 1924 – January 22, 1993), was a Japanese writer, playwright, musician, photographer and inventor. Abe has been ...more
  • Inoue Hisashi (井上 ひさし, Inoue Hisashi, 16 November 1934 – 9 April 2010) was a leading Japanese playwright and writer of comic fiction. From 1961 to 1986, he used the pen name of Uchiyama Hisashi.
  • Fumiko Enchi (円地 文子, Enchi Fumiko, 2 October 1905 – 12 November 1986) was the pen-name of Fumiko Ueda, one of the most prominent Japanese women writers in the Shōwa period of Japan.