Kansuke Naka

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Kansuke Naka (中 勘助 Naka Kansuke?, 22 May 1885 – 3 May 1965) was a Japanese novelist and essayist.

He was born in Tokyo. He was a pupil of Natsume Sōseki, who arranged the publication of his first novel, the nostalgic depiction of childhood Gin no saji ("The Silver Spoon", 1911–13, tr. 1976 by Etsuko Terasaki) in Asahi Shimbun. He was praised by Tetsurō Watsuji, a leading critic, and also by Zhou Zuoren for his rare willingness to criticise Japanese nationalists.[1] He also wrote Inu ("The Dog", 1922) and Rōkan (poetry, 1935). From 1926-32 he lived in Hiratsuka, but he spent most of his life in Tokyo apart from an evacuation to Shizuoka Prefecture during World War II. He married Kazuko Shimada in 1942.


  1. ^ Yan Lu. Re-understanding Japan: Chinese perspectives, 1895-1945. University of Hawaii Press, 2004. Page 223.


  • Kansuke Naka. The Silver Spoon. Translated by Etsuko Terasaki. Chicago Review Press: distributed by Swallow Press, 1976.
  • Louis Frédéric. Japan Encyclopedia. Translated by Käthe Roth. Harvard University Press, 2005. Page 689.