Kan Shimozawa

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Kan Shimozawa
Native name
子母澤 寛
BornUmetani Matsutaro
(1892-02-01)February 1, 1892
Atsuta, Hokkaido
DiedJuly 19, 1968(1968-07-19) (aged 76)
Alma materMeiji University
Notable worksZatoichi series
Notable awards1962 Kikuchi Kan Prize

Kan Shimozawa (子母澤 寛, Shimozawa Kan) was a Japanese novelist. He was born February 1, 1892 in Atsuta, Hokkaido, and died July 19, 1968. Sometimes his name is spelled Kan Shimosawa (in New Tale of Zatoichi, Zatoichi the Fugitive). His real name was Umetani Matsutaro.


He is the creator of several fictional works. Many of which have been adapted into movies. These include:

Historical figures[edit]

He has written several historical figures into his works, including: