Masaya Nakahara 中原昌也
Authors tend to be a strange lot, but Masaya Nakahara (1970–) may be the strangest of them all. He incessantly complains that he can't stand writing and is not shy about claiming he only does it for the money, yet this lack of enthusiasm does not prevent his works from being gushed over by critics and snapped up by hip Tokyo youth. Nakahara initially rose to fame as a noise musician, releasing albums under such names as Boryoku Onsen Geisha (literally, "violent hot-spring geisha") before turning to fiction writing in 1998. His first full-length novel, Arayuru basho ni hanataba ga . . . (Bouquets of Flowers Everywhere), received the Mishima Yukio Prize in 2001. The story collection Na mo naki kojitachi no haka (A Grave for Nameless Orphans) was awarded the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2006, and in 2008 Nakahara Masaya sagyo nisshi (The Daily Logs of Masaya Nakahara) was chosen for the Bunkamura Deux Magots Literary Prize by the sole juror, novelist Gen'ichiro Takahashi. An oral autobiography, Shindemo nani mo nokosanai (Not Leaving Anything When I Die), was published in 2011.