Matsutaro Kawaguchi

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Matsutaro Kawaguchi

Matsutaro Kawaguchi 川口松太郎

Matsutaro Kawaguchi (1899–1985)   began writing novels while working for a literary publishing company. He soon won the Naoki Prize, and his work quickly gained in popularity. Aizen katsura (The Love-Troth Tree) became a huge bestseller, was made into a movie, and inspired many popular songs. After World War II Kawaguchi resumed his literary activity, publishing plays and novels, and winning more awards, including the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature for Shigurejaya Oriku (tr. Mistress Oriku: Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse). Kawaguchi's novels, many of which were adapted to film, often evoke the popular arts and entertainment world of old Tokyo. The success of his work during his lifetime validated his talent as an entertaining storyteller.

Books by Matsutaro Kawaguchi
  • Book

    Mistress Oriku: Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse

    This book consists of ten more or less independent stories linked together by the place, Shigurejaya, and the woman, Oriku, that are central to all of them. Oriku is the proprietor of Shigurejaya, a rustic "teahouse" located beside Tokyo's Sumida River. A …