Fun Facts Friday: Yasunari Kawabata

June 11, 2021

Yasunari Kawabata (11 June, 1899 – 16 April, 1972) was a Nobel Prize winning novelist from Japan. Mr. Kawabata was the first Japanese author to have been awarded this prize.

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Fun Facts about Yasunari Kawabata:

  1. Mr. Kawabata was born in Osaka. Unfortunately, he was orphaned when he was four years old, and lived with his grandparents.
  2. His sister went to live with an aunt, he only met her once again at age 10 before she passed away a year later.
  3. Once his grandparents passed away, young Mr. Kawabata moved in with his mother’s family, and then to a boarding house.The sense of isolation he felt as a boy came up often in his writings.
  4. In 1917 Mr. Kawabata moved to Tokyo. He passed the exams to enter Tokyo Imperial University and started attending the facility majoring in English.
  5. By the time he graduated in 1924, the young writer already brought positive attention to himself from some of Japan’s notable writers of the time.
  6. During World War II Mr. Kawabata lived in Kamakura and was very active in social circles with other writers. After the war, however, he become reclusive.
  7. After World War II, Mr. Kawabata served as the President of the Japanese branch of PEN International (a worldwide association of writers), and was instrumental in getting Japanese works translated to other languages.
  8. Mr. Kawabata considers his 1951 novel The Master of Go to be his finest work.
  9. The author received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968 for “for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind.”
  10. It is thought that Mr. Kawabata committed suicide, however friends and family say it was just an accident when he was warming up water for a bath using gas.

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