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Fumiko Kometani (米谷ふみ子 Kometani Fumiko), born in Osaka, Japan in 1930, is a Japanese author and artist (painter) and a longtime resident of the United States. Kometani moved to the U.S. in 1960 when she was working as an abstract painter, spending time at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire where she met her husband, Josh Greenfeld (now living in California). She changed her focus to writing when her developmentally-disabled son Noah became too hard to handle when he was around the art supplies in her studio. Her older son, Karl Taro Greenfeld, is also a writer.
Her first book, Passover, received the distinguished Akutagawa Prize. It was subsequently described in the New York Times as "anti-Semitic" and an example of Japan's "widespread anti-Semitism", although Kometani's husband is Jewish, and the novel was an adaption of a visit to his parents' house. A judge for the Akutagawa Prize claimed that the Times had misinterpreted the sardonic and self-ridiculing tone of the novel.
- Bungakkai shinjinshoo (1985)
- Shinchoo shinjinshoo (1985)
- Akutagawashoo (1985) (One of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan)
- Murasaki Shikibu Prize (1998)
- "Foumiko Kometani: Un-handicapped Art". Asia Pacific Arts, UCLA. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- Mulhern, Chieko Irie (1994). Japanese women writers: a bio-critical sourcebook. Greenwood Press. pp. 190–199. ISBN 0-313-25486-9. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- Her Story : L.A. Writer Foumiko Kometani's Novella 'Passover' Created a Sensation in Japan, Winning an Unprecedented String of Literary Prizes. In This Country, It Created a Sensation of a Different Kind. 'Passover,' Critics Charged, Was a Work of Anti-Semitism.
- Fumiko Kometani at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)
- Synopsis of Wasabi for Breakfast (Famiri bijinesu) at JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project) (English)
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