Japan is one of the most mysterious countries in the world, and the culture and lifestyle of its people have always been attractive to most of the world. Books are one way we can get closer to the cultural roots and perspectives of any nation by reading them. Therefore, in this article, we will introduce you to 10 famous authors from the best Japanese writers and their famous works, so that if you are also interested in this country and Japanese culture, you will become more familiar with its literature. Most of the authors we introduce have won valuable Japanese awards or some international awards. Each of these authors has transformed Japanese literature in some way.
1. Haruki Murakami is one of the best Japanese writers
Birthday:January 12, 1949, 72 years old
awards: Franz Kafka Prize, Yumiuri Prize
About Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is one of those Japanese writers who is widely seen in Iran and is very popular. Murakami has written beautiful books. As one of the best Japanese writers, many of his works have been translated into English, French, German and Persian. The writing style of this fiction writer is surrealism, magical realism, science-fiction, educational, rendering, realism.
The most important works of Haruki Murakami
- 1Q 84;
- After the earthquake;
- Norwegian Forest;
- Kafka on the shore;
- Kill the brave knight;
- Chasing wild sheep;
- Of the two I speak of, of what I speak.
2. Natsuo Krino
Birthday:October 7, 1951, 69 years old
awards: Nauki Award
About Natsuo Krino
Krino is a Japanese woman author and the son of an architect whose books have been translated into several languages and have sold millions of copies. His writing style is enigmatic and emotional.
The most important works of Natsuo Krino
- real world.
3. Kobo Abe is one of the best Japanese writers
Birthday:March 7, 1924
Death: January 22, 1993, 68 years old
awards: Akutagawa Award, Yumi Yuri Award, Tanizaki Award
About Kobo Abe
Abe is another well-known Japanese writer, playwright and professional photographer whose valuable works have survived. Abe was familiar with Western literature, existentialism, surrealism, and Marxism, and wrote mostly books and plays in these areas.
The most important works of Kobo Abe
- A forgiveness;
- Box man;
- Another face;
- Sakura ship;
- Woman in quicksand;
- Ruined map;
- Friends play;
- Mr. Rouh’s play;
- Buried in the Ice Age 4;
- Unintentional homicide play;
- Green sock play.
4. Banana Yoshimoto
Birthday:July 24, 1964, 57 years old
awards: Silver Mask Award, Yamamoto Shoguro Award, New Artists Award
About Yoshimoto Banana
Banana, nicknamed Mahoku Yoshimoto, is one of the best Japanese writers who has published fascinating works in the field of fiction. He is more interested in youth issues and their problems. Therefore, in most of his works, we will encounter concerns with the fetus.
The most important works of Banana Yoshimoto
- ان. پی;
- Moonlight shadow;
- Goodbye Tsugomi.
5. Yoko Ogawa is one of the best Japanese writers
Birthday:April 30, 1962, 59 years old
awards: Ekotagawa Award
About Yoko Ogawa
Yoko has a different style of writing: telling details and directing the story in a way that the characters in the story do not know how to play a central role in the story. In his stories, it is as if each character decides to be ultimately natural without the writer being able to predict the next moment. “Yoko Ogawa has the ability to express the most subtle mental features of man in the form of literature, and he does so at the same time,” says Kenzaburu Oye of Ogawa.
The most important works of Yoko Ogawa
- Memory police;
- Servant and Professor.
6. Sayaka Murata
Birthday:August 14, 1979, 42 years old
awards: Ekotagawa Award, Mishima Yukio Award, Noma Award
About Sayaka Murata
Sayaka’s writing style is one of the best Japanese fiction writers. She has written strong and influential stories and has been named one of the Women of the Year by Japan’s Vogue magazine. Sayaka has been interested in writing and storytelling since he was a child and wrote his first book as a teenager. In addition to writing, he works as a salesman in a grocery store in Japan.
The most important works of Sayaka Murata
- Silver song;
- Births of crime;
- The declining world;
- Water for the stars;
- From the bones, from the heat of the body, from the whitening of the city.
7. Yukio Mishima is one of the best Japanese writers
Birthday:January 14, 1925
Death: November 25, 1970, 45 years
awards: Shinchusha Prize, three times nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature
About Yukio Mishima
Yumiyo was a famous Japanese writer, poet, playwright, actor and director. He was repeatedly nominated for the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature; But because of his young age, they said he had a chance to win another time. Unaware that he died in middle age (suicide following a failed coup against the Japanese government). Yukio plays were very popular. Bahram Beizai has also performed the play “Lady Aoi Mishima” in Tehran.
The most important works of Yukio Mishima
- The sound of waves;
- Golden Temple;
- Sun and steel;
- The four fertile seas (1. spring snow; 2. unbridled horses; 3. the Temple of Dawn; 4. the decline of the angel).
8. Rio Murakami
Birthday:February 19, 1952, 69 years old
awards: Akutagawa Award, Yumiuri Award
About Rio Murakami
Rio Murakami is a successful screenwriter, novelist, film director, essayist and one of the best Japanese writers. He participated in the literary movement of postmodernism. One of Rio’s most famous novels (Acting Test) became very successful after it became a film. Most of his presence goes back to the cinema scene; But it is his ability to write that has made him a successful filmmaker.
The most important works of Rio Murakami
- Acting test;
- In miso soup.
9. Minato Kanea is one of the best Japanese writers
Birthday:1973, 48 years old
awards: Shirley Jackson Literary Prize, Alex Prize
About Minato Kanae
Minato is another Japanese author who has entered the world of writing with the works of Agatha Christie, Adugawa Ranpo, and Maurice Lublan, a novelist and novelist working in the field of puzzle books. This hard-working and tireless writer draws on the help of several contemporary narrators in his stories. Each narrator narrates the story from his own point of view and with different emotions and attitudes, and therefore, his novels have a special impact.
The most important works of Minato Kana
- For N;
- Flower string;
- End of story;
- Night owl;
- Resting on beans;
- Snow White murder case;
- High school entrance exam;
- Memoirs of a mountain woman.
10. Kigo Higashino
Birthday:February 4, 1958, 62 years old
awards: Edgawa Rampo Literary Award, Eiji Yoshikawa Award, Shibata Renzobaro Award, Honkaku Award, American Library Association Award for Best Enigmatic Novel, Japanese Crime Award, and….
About Kigo Higashino
An electrical engineer who loved to write! Kigo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University and first worked in the same field. However, he soon pursued his interest in writing. He was very prolific and successful in the field of writing and his novels were translated into many languages. His writing style is criminal and enigmatic, and his fans have praised him for the unpredictability of his stories.
The most important works of Kigo Higashino
- Suspicious sacrifice X;
- The salvation of a saint;
- The house where I died.
In this article, we introduce you to 10 Japanese authors and name some of their most important works. By the way, have you ever had the experience of reading books by Japanese authors? Which of the authors we introduced were you familiar with? If you know another author that we have not named, and also if you know of a book that you find empty on the list of recommended works, please share them with us and your “how” audience in the “Submit a Comment” section.