Naoyuki Ii

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Naoyuki Ii (伊井 直行, Ii Naoyuki, born September 1, 1953) is a noted Japanese author and professor of creative writing at Tokai University's Shonan campus.[1]


A native of Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Ii graduated in 1978 from Keio University with a degree in history (archaeology and ethnology). His first novel, Kusa no kanmuri (The Grass Radical), was published in 1983, and received the Gunzo Prize for New Writers. Subsequent prizes include:

  • 1989 Noma Literary Prize for New Writers, for Sashite juyo denai ichinichi (A Day of Little Importance)
  • 1994 Hirabayashi Taiko Prize, for Shinka no tokei (Evolution Clock)
  • 2000 Yomiuri Literary Prize, for Nigotta gekiryu ni kakaru hashi (Bridge Over a Muddy Torrent)[2]

English translations[edit]

  • My visit to the Yubijima Isles, translated by M. Jacob and edited by Harry Aveling, Bundoora, Vic. : La Trobe University, School of Asian Studies, 1996. 18 pages.
  • Aoneko kazoku tentenroku (The Shadow of a Blue Cat), translated by Wayne P. Lammers. Champaign, IL and London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2011.


  1. ^ Oppenheimer, Rebecca (28 July 2011). "Taking a whirlwind tour through foreign texts". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  2. ^ "読売文学賞" [Yomiuri Prize for Literature] (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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