Kōichi Iijima

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Kōichi Iijima
Born(1930-02-25)February 25, 1930
Okayama City
DiedOctober 14, 2013(2013-10-14) (aged 83)
Occupationwriter, university professor
Alma materTokyo University
Literary movementsurrealism, modernism[1]
ChildrenYōichi Iijima

Kōichi Iijima (飯島耕一, Iijima Kōichi, February 25, 1930- October 14, 2013) was a Japanese poet, novelist, and translator. He was a member of the Japan Art Academy.


Born in Okayama City, Iijima graduated from the French Literature Department of Tokyo University.[2] While in university he established together with, among others, Isamu Kurita the magazine Cahier. In 1956, he and Makoto Ōoka were among the founders of the Surrealism Research Society.[3]

In 1953, he published his first collection of poems, Tanin no sora ("Another person's sky"). In 2008, he was elected a member of the Japan Art Academy. He also worked as a professor at Meiji University and Kokugakuin University. He translated or wrote about Henri Barbusse, Antonin Artaud, Brassaï, Joan Miró i Ferrà, Henry Miller, Marcel Aymé, Guillaume Apollinaire, etc.

He died on October 14, 2013, at a Tokyo hospital of malabsorption syndrome.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of architecture critic Yōichi Iijima.


  • Takami Jun Award for ゴヤのファースト・ネームは (Goya no first name wa) (1974)
  • Tōson kinen rekitei Award for 飯島耕一詩集 (Iijima Kōichi shishũ) (1978)
  • Gendai shijin Award for 夜を夢想する小太陽の独言 (Yoru wo musōsuru shotaiyō no dokugen) (1983)
  • Bunkamura Prix des Deux Magots for 暗殺百美人 (Ansatsu hyaku bijin) (1996)
  • Yomiuri Prize for アメリカ (America) (2005)
  • Nihon gendai ishika bungakukan Award (2005)


  1. ^ "飯島耕一氏が死去 詩人" (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "訃報:飯島耕一さん83歳=詩人、日本芸術院会員" (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "詩人の飯島耕一さん死去" (in Japanese). NHK. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "詩人の飯島耕一さん死去 「他人の空」「アメリカ」" (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved October 23, 2013.