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Famous Novelists from Japan

Updated October 13, 2018 3.3k views228 items

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 Mishima1

    Yukio Mishima

    Dec. at 45 (1925-1970)

    BirthplaceShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

    Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kenji Miyazawa2

    Kenji Miyazawa

    Dec. at 37 (1896-1933)

    BirthplaceHanamaki, Japan

    Kenji Miyazawa (宮沢 賢治 or 宮澤 賢治, Miyazawa Kenji, 27 August 1896 – 21 September 1933) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ryunosuke Akutagawa3

    Ryunosuke Akutagawa

    Dec. at 35 (1892-1927)

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, 1 March 1892 – 24 July 1927), art name... more on Wikipedia
  • Edogawa Rampo4

    Edogawa Rampo

    Dec. at 71 (1894-1965)

    BirthplaceNaga District, Mie

    Tarō Hirai (平井 太郎, Hirai Tarō, October 21, 1894 – July 28, 1965), better known by the... more on Wikipedia
  • Takeo Arishima5

    Takeo Arishima

    Dec. at 45 (1878-1923)

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Takeo Arishima was a novelist.
  • Osamu Tezuka6

    Osamu Tezuka

    Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)

    BirthplaceOsaka Prefecture, East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Toyonaka

    Osamu Tezuka (Japanese: 手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治, Hepburn: Tezuka Osamu, (1928-11-03)3 November 1928... more on Wikipedia
  • Haruki Murakami7

    BirthplaceFushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan

    Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹, Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. His... more on Wikipedia
  • Yasunari Kawabata8

    Yasunari Kawabata

    Dec. at 73 (1899-1972)

    BirthplaceOsaka, Japan

    Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成, Kawabata Yasunari, 11 June 1899 – 16 April 1972) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • Norio Nagayama9

    Norio Nagayama

    Dec. at 48 (1949-1997)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Abashiri, Asia, Japan, Hokkaido

    Norio Nagayama (永山 則夫, Nagayama Norio, June 27, 1949 – August 1, 1997) was a Japanese spree... more on Wikipedia
  • Yu Watase10

    Yu Watase

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceOsaka, Japan

    Yuu Watase (渡瀬 悠宇, Watase Yuu, born March 5, 1970, in Kishiwada, Osaka) is a Japanese shōjo... more on Wikipedia
  • Akira Toriyama11

    BirthplaceNagoya, Japan

    Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga artist, game... more on Wikipedia
  • Kuniko Mukōda12

    Kuniko Mukōda

    Dec. at 52 (1929-1981)

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Kuniko Mukōda (向田 邦子, Mukōda Kuniko, November 28, 1929 – August 22, 1981) was a Japanese TV... more on Wikipedia
  • Soseki Natsume13

    Soseki Natsume

    Dec. at 49 (1867-1916)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916), born Natsume Kin'nosuke (夏目 金之助),... more on Wikipedia
  • Takashi Nagatsuka14

    Takashi Nagatsuka

    Dec. at 36 (1879-1915)

    BirthplaceKantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Ibaraki Prefecture, Asia

    Takashi Nagatsuka (長塚 節, Nagatsuka Takashi, April 3, 1879–February 8, 1915) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • Novala Takemoto15

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Uji, Asia

    Novala Takemoto (嶽本 野ばら, Takemoto Nobara, born January 26, 1968) is a Japanese author and... more on Wikipedia
  • Yasushi Inoue16

    Yasushi Inoue

    Dec. at 84 (1907-1991)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asia, Japan, Hokkaido, Asahikawa

    Yasushi Inoue (井上靖, Inoue Yasushi, May 6, 1907 – January 29, 1991) was a Japanese writer of... more on Wikipedia
  • Ichiyō Higuchi17

    Ichiyō Higuchi

    Dec. at 24 (1872-1896)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Ichiyō Higuchi (樋口 一葉, Higuchi Ichiyō, May 2, 1872 – November 23, 1896) was the pen name of... more on Wikipedia
  • Kaitarō Hasegawa18

    Kaitarō Hasegawa

    Dec. at 35 (1900-1935)

    BirthplaceSado, Japan

    Kaitarō Hasegawa (長谷川海太郎, Hasegawa Kaitarō, 17 January 1900 - 29 June 1935) was a novelist in... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Michiko Yamamoto (山本道子, Yamamoto Michiko, born 4 December 1936) is the professional name of... more on Wikipedia
  • Shinichi Hoshi20

    Shinichi Hoshi

    Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Shinichi Hoshi (星 新一 Hoshi Shin'ichi, September 6, 1926 – December 30, 1997) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    BirthplaceNagasaki, Japan

    Masashi Sada (さだ まさし, Sada Masashi, born April 10, 1952) is a Japanese singer, lyricist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Shūsaku Endō

    Dec. at 73 (1923-1996)

    BirthplaceKantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Tokyo, Asia

    Shūsaku Endō (遠藤 周作, Endō Shūsaku, March 27, 1923 – September 29, 1996) was a Japanese author... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Kobo Abe

    Dec. at 69 (1924-1993)

    BirthplaceKita, Tokyo, Japan

    Kōbō Abe (安部 公房, Abe Kōbō), pen name of Kimifusa Abe (安部 公房, Abe Kimifusa, March 7, 1924 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Hisashi Inoue

    Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    BirthplaceKawanishi, Japan

    Inoue Hisashi (井上 ひさし, Inoue Hisashi, 16 November 1934 – 9 April 2010) was a leading Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • Enchi Fumiko25

    Enchi Fumiko

    Dec. at 81 (1905-1986)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asakusa, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Fumiko Enchi (円地 文子, Enchi Fumiko, 2 October 1905 – 12 November 1986) was the pen-name of... more on Wikipedia