Takashi Hiraide

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Takashi Hiraide

Takashi Hiraide 平出隆

Takashi Hiraide (1950–)  was born in Kyushu. He moved to Tokyo to study at Hitotsubashi University, known primarily for its strength in business and economics, but from about the same time attended classes at Bigakko, a fine arts center that has produced numerous artists. He began writing and publishing poetry while still in college. Except for a decade or so from 1978, when he worked as an editor at major publisher Kawade Shobo (now Kawade Shobo Shinsha), he has focused on his own poetry and prose writing, while also running his own small publishing company where he handles even the book designs by himself. In 1982 he received the MEXT Award for New Artists for For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut, the English translation of which took the Best Translated Book Award for poetry in 2009. In 1985 he participated in the University of Iowa International Writing Program as a resident poet. He was awarded the Yomiuri Prize for Literature in 1994 for Hidarite nikki reigen (Left-Hand Diary Notes), and the Kiyama Shohei Prize in 2002 for Neko no kyaku (Guest Cat), his first work of fiction, which was also short-listed for the Mishima Yukio Prize. In 2004 he received the MEXT Award for the Arts for Irako Seihaku, a critical biography of the eponymous poet; his design for the book also garnered high praise.


Books by Takashi Hiraide
  • Book

    Guest Cat

    This novella-length work features as its narrator a poet in his mid-thirties, suggestive of the author himself, telling of his interactions with a cat in the course of his otherwise mundane daily life. The story begins in 1986, when the poet and his wife …