Mitsuyo Kakuta

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Mitsuyo Kakuta (角田 光代, Kakuta Mitsuyo, born 8 March 1967)[citation needed] is a Japanese author born in Yokohama.[1] She has been engaged in translating into modern Japanese the 11th-century proto-novel The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部).

Prized works[edit]

Mitsuyo Kakuta made her debut while still a student at Waseda University's Faculty of Literature,[1] with Kōfuku na yūgi (A Blissful Pastime). It won her the Kaien Prize for New Writers in 1990. After producing two well-received novels in 2002, Ekonomikaru paresu (Economical Palace) and Kūchū teien (Hanging Garden), she went on to win the Noma Literary New Face Prize and the Naoki Prize for Woman on the Other Shore in 2004.[2]

The Eighth Day, translated into English in 2010, received the 2007 Chūō Kōron Literary Prize and has been made into a television drama series and a film. Both her 2012 books – her novel Kami no tsuki and her short-story volume Kanata no ko (The Children Beyond) – were prizewinners.[3][4] Altogether she has written over 80 works of fiction.[5]

Current events[edit]

Mitsuyo Kakuta is married to the fellow writer Takami Itō.[6] She stated in an interview in October 2015 that she is translating the 11th-century classic The Tale of Genji into modern Japanese and this was likely to take her three years. The first two volumes of the adaptation have now been published.[7]

In the same interview she mentioned Shuichi Yoshida, Yōko Ogawa and Kaori Ekuni as contemporary Japanese writers whom she could recommend.[1] She is a member of Red Circle Authors, a curated group of contemporary Japanese authors.


  1. ^ a b c IFOA Retrieved 23 May 2016
  2. ^ "Profile: Mitsuyo Kakuta". Red Circle Authors. 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Pale Moon, Tokyo Film Festival, review: 'mischievous melodrama'" by Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014
  4. ^ J'Lit Books from Japan
  5. ^ Consul-General of Japan in Toronto Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ IMDb Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ Nathan, Richard (3 December 2019). "Second volume of new contemporary edition of the world's oldest novel, 'The Tale of Genji', by Mitsuyo Kakuta, published". Red Circle Authors. Retrieved 29 April 2019.