Taichi Yamada

Taichi Yamada 山田太一

Taichi Yamada (1934–)  spent his early years in Asakusa, one of the most fabled districts of old Tokyo. After graduating from university in 1958, he went to work for the Shochiku film studio, serving as an assistant to the renowned director Keisuke Kinoshita. He became an independent scriptwriter in 1965, and since then has built a prolific and distinguished career writing scripts for television, film, and the stage, as well as publishing essays and fiction. Yamada's works have garnered countless broadcast, arts, and literary awards: as of 1997, one published listing cited 29 award-winning television dramas and series, 11 feature films, 12 stage plays, 13 novels, and 10 collections of essays.

Of Yamada's television works, Kishibe no arubamu (Riverside Album) is often regarded as a watershed in the history of television "home dramas" in Japan for the way in which it depicted the most ordinary of events in a most ordinary family while exploring the stresses that Japan's rapid-growth economy placed on both the individual and the family. Yamada attained full stature as a novelist during the 1980s with a highly successful trilogy of stories that make forays into the realm of the fantastic while remaining firmly grounded in contemporary society. Yamada is a member of the Japan Writers Association, the Japan Broadcast Writers Association, and the Japan Scenario Writers Association.

Books by Taichi Yamada
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    Since his divorce, scriptwriter Hideo Harada has been living in the apartment room that once served as his workplace. The apartment block faces Kampachi-dori, one of Tokyo's major trunk roads, and most units are used as offices rather than as residences. …