Taku Miki

Taku Miki 三木 卓

Taku Miki (1935–)  was born in Tokyo and graduated from Waseda University with a degree in Russian literature. A member of the Japan Art Academy, he is a poet, novelist, translator, and children's author. He made his debut as a poet while working for a publishing company, and won the H Poetry Prize in 1967 for his collection Tokyo gozen sanji (Tokyo 3:00 AM). He then went on to win the Akutagawa Prize in 1973 for his short story Hiwa (Finch), and the Noma Prize for Children's Literature in 1984 for Pota pota (Drip Drip). In the years since, he has continued to publish poetry, fiction, and children's stories of his own creation, as well as to translate American, English, and Russian juvenile titles into Japanese. His determination to portray people and things as they really are, warts and all, shows through in all of his writing. His numerous other awards include the Hirabayashi Taiko Prize, the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, and the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize for his fiction writings; and the Takami Jun Prize, the Mainichi Art Award, the Toson Memorial Rekitei Prize, and the Rennyo Prize for his poetry. In 2007 he was awarded the Imperial Prize of the Japan Art Academy for his many contributions to literature over the course of his long career, and in 2011 the Japanese government decorated him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. He is one of the leading lights in Japanese literature today.

Books by Taku Miki
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    Turned into a Balloon

    A busy doctor has an unusual patient come into his office one day: a blue balloon. The balloon explains that it found a marvelous book with instructions on how to shift shape into all sorts of different things, but in the course of trying some of them out …