Yasushi Inoue 井上靖
Yasushi Inoue (1907–1991) was born in Hokkaido, the eldest son of an army doctor. He would later make his home in Shizuoka Prefecture. He became interested in literature as a secondary-school student, and during his time at Kyoto University he entered his works in a number of contests, winning prizes for several of them. After a stint as a newspaper reporter he won the Akutagawa Prize for Togyu (The Bullfight). He focused on his writing after this, becoming a media star in his time. Other major awards include the 1958 Ministry of Education Award for the Arts for Tempyo no iraka (tr. The Roof Tile of Tempyo), the 1959 Japan Art Academy Prize for Hyoheki (Ice Crag), the 1960 Mainichi Art Award for two works, Tonko (tr. Tun-Huan) and Roran (tr. Lou-Lan), the 1964 Yomiuri Prize for Literature for Futo (tr. Wind and Waves), and the 1969 Japan Literary Prize for Oroshiyakoku suimutan (Dream of Russia).