Hiromi Kawakami

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Hiromi Kawakami
Born (1958-04-01) April 1, 1958 (age 58)
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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Original publication English publication
Title Year Title Year
1994 Partial translation included in Read Real Japanese Fiction by Michael Emmerich. 2008
Hebi wo fumu
1996 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A
Sensei no kaban
2001 The Briefcase / Strange Weather in Tokyo 2012
古道具 中野商店
Furudōgu Nakano shōten
2005 The Nakano Thrift Shop 2016
2006 Manazuru 2010
Pasutamashīn no yūrei
2010 N/A N/A


  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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