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.
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