Takashi Tsujii

Takashi Tsujii 辻井喬

Takashi Tsujii  (1927–2013)  is the out-of-wedlock son of business magnate Yasujiro Tsutsumi, the model for the protagonist of his novel Chichi no shozo (Portrait of My Father), which won the Noma Prize for Literature in 2004. Following in his father's footsteps, Tsujii had a career heading the Seibu Saison Group of companies (he is now retired), while also writing poetry and fiction. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Tsujii worked as secretary to his father, who was then Speaker of the Diet. Hoko no kisetsu no naka de (The Wandering Season), his first work of fiction from 1969, was about a young man's difficult relationship with his father. Other major works include the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize-winning novel Niji no misaki (Rainbow Cape), based on the life of Jun Kawada, a poet who was also head of Sumitomo Corporation, and Kaze no shogai (A Blustery Life), whose hero is modeled after Shigeo Mizuno, founder of the Fuji Sankei Group, and which won the MEXT Award for the Arts. Tsujii has won prizes for his poetry as well as his fiction, and was appointed to the Japan Art Academy in 2007.

Books by Takashi Tsujii
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    Portrait of My Father

    This novel is based on the lives of the author and Yasujiro Tsutsumi (1889?1964), who rose from humble farming stock to become Speaker of the Diet and founder of the powerful Seibu Saison Group, a conglomerate of railway, real estate and retail interests. …