Fumiko Kometani 米谷ふみ子
Fumiko Kometani (1930–) moved to the United States in 1960 to pursue a career as an artist, settling permanently there when she wed the American author and playwright Josh Greenfield. Forced by her second son's severe mental disability to give up her painting career, she turned instead to writing as a means of expression, making her literary debut in 1985 with the novel Enrai no kyaku (Visitor from Afar). She is also known for her passionate support of the antiwar and antinuclear movements. Major awards she has won include the 1985 Bungakukai Prize for New Writers, for Enrai no kyaku; the 1986 Akutagawa Prize, for Sugikoshi no matsuri (Passover); and the 1998 Women's Literature Prize, for Famiri bijinesu (tr. Wasabi for Breakfast).