Mieko Kawakami

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Mieko Kawakami
川上 未映子
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Mieko Kawakami in 2014, giving a lecture in Tokyo.
Born (1976-08-29) August 29, 1976 (age 40)
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Author, poet
Nationality Japanese
Genre Fiction, poetry, essay
Notable works Breasts and Eggs (2008), Heaven (2009), Dreams of Love, Etc. (2013)

Mieko Kawakami (川上未映子, August 29, 1976) is a Japanese singer and writer from Osaka. She was awarded the 138th Akutagawa Prize for promising new writers of serious fiction (2007) for her novel Chichi to Ran (乳と卵) ("Breasts and Egg").[1][2] Kawakami has released three albums and three singles as a singer. "Chichi to Ran" is her second novel. It describes the I concept and the relation between the heart and the body through three female characters.[3]


Prizes for books[edit]

  • 2007: Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers for My Ego Ratio, My Teeth, and the World
  • 2008: Akutagawa Prize for Breasts and Eggs
  • 2009: Nakahara Chuya Prize for Sentan de sasuwa sasareruwa soraeewa
  • 2010: Ministry of Education's Fine Arts Award for Debut Work for Heaven
  • 2010: Murasaki Shikibu Prize for Heaven
  • 2013: Takami Jun Prize for Water Vessel
  • 2013: Tanizaki Prize for Dreams of Love, Etc.
  • 2016: Watanabe Junichi Prize for Longing.


  1. ^ "Singer Kawakami wins Akutagawa Prize"Tokyograph (January 17, 2008) (Retrieved on January 26, 2008)
  2. ^ "Professional singer wins coveted Akutagawa literary award"Mainichi – Daily News (January 17, 2008) (Retrieved on January 26, 2008)
  3. ^ "Akutagawa, Naoki prizes awarded"The Japan Times (January 17, 2008) (Retrieved on January 26, 2008)

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