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Tanizaki, Junichiro

Born: 1886 AD
Died: 1965 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Authors, Novelists, Writers

1886 – Junichiro Tanizaki, born on the 24th of July in Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. He was a Japanese author who was one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and remains perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume SMseki.

1909 – Began his literary career, his first work, a one-act stage play, which was published in a literary magazine which he helped found.

1910 – Attended the Literature Department of Tokyo Imperial University, but dropped out, due to lack of money, and due to a scandal involving a maid from the household where he was apprenticed.

       – Became known with the publication of the short story Shisei(The Tattooer).

1910 – 1912 – The femme-fatale was a theme repeated in many of Tanizaki’s early works, including Kirin ("Giraffe"), Shonen ("Youth"), and Akuma ("Devil").

1922 – 1923 – He wrote the scripts for the films Amateur Club and Lasciviousness of the Viper  (the inspiration for Mizoguchi Kenji’s Ugetsu Monogatari.

1931 – Inspired by the Kansai dialect, he wrote Manji ("Swastika"), in which he explored the theme of lesbianism.

1949 – He was awarded the Order of Culture by the Japanese government.

1965 – Died of a heart attack in Yugawara, Kanagawa, south of Tokyo, on the 30th of July.