Kenji Nakagami 中上健次
Kenji Nakagami (1946–1992) was born in Shingu, a seaside town on the Kii Peninsula. After graduating from high school, he arrived in Tokyo as an aspiring writer. Karekinada (The Kareki Sea) is a reflection on his birth and upbringing in a roji (minority ghetto) in Shingu. A leading literary figure of his time, he died in 1992 at the age of 46. He was the first post–World War II recipient of the Akutagawa Prize, which he won for his novella Misaki (tr. The Cape), also about the roji and the problems of family and blood.