Bungeishunjū (magazine)

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Frequency Monthly
Publisher Bungeishunjū
First issue 1923; 91 years ago (1923)
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Website Bungeishunjū

Bungeishunjū (文藝春秋?) is a leading Japanese monthly magazine.

History and profile[edit]

Bungeishunjū was started by writer Kikuchi Kan (1888-1948) in 1923 in tandem with the founding of Bungeishunjū.[1] The magazine is published by Bungeishunjū. The name of the magazine and publishing house came from the title of the literary review column in the magazine Shinchō by Kan. The magazine's stance is right wing, with strong support for the emperor.[citation needed]

Bungeishunjū covers a wide range of topics from politics to sports. Each issue usually contains about 30 articles by politicians, researchers, journalists or non-fiction writers. The magazine never features articles by members of the Japanese Communist Party or the Social Democratic Party.

The magazine grants literary awards every year. The February issues announce recipients of The Reader's Prize (文藝春秋読者賞 Bungeishunjū?). In the March and September issues the prestigious Akutagawa Prize recipients are announced; in June issues the Ohya non-fiction prize; in July issues the recipients of the Matsumoto Seichō prize; and the December issues announce recipients of the Kikuchi Kan prize which was started by the magazine in 1939.[2] The prize is named for Kikuchi Kan who is the founder of the magazine.[2]


  1. ^ "Bungeishunju Ltd.". J'lit. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Jane Clapp (1963). International Dictionary of Literary Awards. New York: Scarecrow Press. p. 192.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  • The article was originally a partial translation of "文藝春秋_(雑誌)". Japanese Wikipedia. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 

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