Kōtarō Takamura

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Kōtarō Takamura
Kōtarō in 1911, aged 29
Native name 高村 光太郎
Born (1883-03-13)March 13, 1883
Tokyo, Japan
Died April 2, 1956(1956-04-02) (aged 73)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Poet, Writer, Sculptor
Nationality Japanese

Kōtarō Takamura (高村 光太郎, Takamura Kōtarō, March 13, 1883 – April 2, 1956) was a Japanese poet and sculptor.


Kōtarō was the son of Japanese sculptor Takamura Kōun. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1902, where he studied sculpture and oil painting. He studied in New York, at the Art Students League of New York City in 1906,[1] London in 1907, and in Paris in 1908, returning to Japan in 1909, and lived there for the rest of his life. His sculptural work shows strong influence both from Western work (especially Auguste Rodin, whom he idolized) and from Japanese traditions.

Chieko and Kōtarō

He is also famous for his poems, and especially for his 1941 collection Chiekoshō (智恵子抄 literally "Selections of Chieko", in English titled Chieko's sky after one of the poems therein), a collection of poems about his wife, the oil painter, paper artist and early member of the Japanese feminist movement, Chieko Takamura née Naganuma, who died in 1938.[2]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ A Brief History of Imbecility, Hiroaki Sato, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, xv-xvi
  2. ^ Birnbaum, Phyllis (January 22, 2015). Modern Girls, Shining Stars, the Skies of Tokyo: Five Japanese Women. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231500029.