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Nobori Kiuchi

Nobori Kiuchi 木内昇

Nobori Kiuchi (1967–)  worked after college as a magazine editor, but soon quit and founded her own interview journal, Spotting, in addition to writing and editing freelance. As she tells it, her first published work, the 2004 Shinsengumi: Bakumatsu no seiran (Shinsengumi: The Winds of Revolution), started out as a historical guidebook to Kyoto drawing mostly on her personal interest in the last years of the Tokugawa shogunate, but somehow evolved into a novel instead. In 2008, Kiuchi won popular acclaim as well as the Waseda University Tsubouchi Shōyō Incentive Prize for Myōgadani no neko (A Cat in Myōgadani), a collection of linked short stories tracing the city of Tokyo through a century of change. This was followed by the 2010 Naoki Prize for Hyōsa no utau (Song of Drifting Sands), her first nominated work. Kushihiki chimori (The Way of the Comb Crafter) won the Shibata Renzaburō Award and two other literary prizes in 2014. Kiuchi boasts a solid reputation for her fidelity to historical detail. She is also a baseball fan and a former college softball pitcher.

Books by Nobori Kiuchi
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    Song of Drifting Sands

    This period novel turns the spotlight on characters who?like beach sand shifting with the current?drift through their desolate lives in a licensed Tokyo pleasure quarter a decade after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, which opened Japan to the tides of moderni …

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    The Way of the Comb Crafter

    The old post town of Yabuhara in the central mountains of Honshū has been known for its fine-toothed wooden combs, or orokugushi, since around 1700. Each handcrafted piece is beautifully hewn from a species of indigenous alder, and sports as many as 120 …

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