Bunroku Shishi 獅子文六
Bunroku Shishi (1893–1969) was a playwright and founding member of the Bungakuza Theater, but finding theater a poor source of income he began writing humorous fiction to support himself. His writing gained popularity from serializations in several daily newspapers, women's magazines, and youth journals. A universally accessible storyteller and a recorder of life under the stress of war and its aftermath, Shishi wrote in a style that is linguistically rich, true-to-life, and charged with refined humor and insight. He became a member of the Academy of Arts in 1963, and in 1969 was awarded the Order of Culture. His novel Jiyu gakko (tr. School of Freedom) was twice adapted for film.