Hiromi Kawakami

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Hiromi Kawakami
Born (1958-04-01) April 1, 1958 (age 57)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Japanese
Period 1990–present
Notable works Tread on a Snake, The Briefcase/Strange Weather in Tokyo
Notable awards Akutagawa Prize
In this Japanese name, the family name is Kawakami.

Kawakami Hiromi (川上 弘美 Kawakami Hiromi) born April 1, 1958, is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction.


Born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980. She made her debut as "Yamada Hiromi" in NW-SF No. 16, edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko, in 1980 with the story So-shimoku ("Diptera"), and also helped edit some early issues of NW-SF in the 1970s. She reinvented herself as a writer and wrote her first book, a collection of short stories entitled God (Kamisama) published in 1994. Her 2001 novel Sensei no kaban (The Briefcase/Strange Weather in Tokyo) is a love story between a woman in her thirties and a man in his seventies. She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayist.

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Selected works[edit]

  • Kamisama (God), 1994

A partial English translation of this story is included in Read Real Japanese Fiction, a compilation of Japanese short stories edited by Michael Emmerich, published in 2008.

  • Hebi wo fumu (蛇を踏む, Tread on a Snake), 1996
  • Oboreru (Drowning), 2000
  • Sensei no kaban, 2001; the same translation published under two different titles: The Briefcase and Strange Weather in Tokyo, 2012
  • Furudogu Nakano Shoten (The Nakano Thrift Store), 2005
  • Manazuru (真鶴), 2006
  • Pasuta Mashiin Yuurei (Pasta Machine Ghosts), 2010


  1. ^ Alison Flood (9 January 2013). "Man Asian literary prize shortlist stages Booker re-match". The Guardian. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Alison Flood (8 April 2014). "Knausgaard heads Independent foreign fiction prize shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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