Michiko Ishimure

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Michiko Ishimure
Michiko Ishimure.jpg
Native name
Born11 March 1927
Died10 February 2018
Known forwriter, activist, environmentalist, writing
Notable work
Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow: Our Minamata Disease, Story of the Sea of Camellias, Lake of Heaven

Michiko Ishimure (石牟礼道子, Ishimure Michiko, 11 March 1927 – 10 February 2018)[1] was a Japanese writer and activist.

She won the 1973 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's highest award, for publicizing writings about Minamata disease, which was extremely controversial at the time.[2]


  • Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow: Our Minamata Disease (1969) English translation 2003, Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan. German translation, Livia Monnet: Paradies im Meer des Leidens: die Minamata-Krankheit im Werk der Schriftstellerin Ishimure Michiko (1988, Institut für Japanologie der Universität Wien)
  • Story of the Sea of Camellias (1976)
  • Lake of Heaven (2008)
  • Anima no tori (Birds of Spirit) (1999)
  • Noh play Shiranui (2004, trans. 2016)[3]


  1. ^ "石牟礼道子さん死去 90歳、水俣病告発「苦海浄土」".
  2. ^ CITATION for Michiko Ishimure, Ramon Magsaysay Award. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ https://apjjf.org/2016/13/Thornber.html

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