April 22, 1929 |
Kaga was born in Tokyo, and studied psychiatry and criminology at the University of Tokyo Medical School. He worked in a hospital and then prison before going to France in 1957 for further studies. After returning to Japan in 1960, Kaga took up university teaching, and was a psychology professor at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University (1965-1969) and Sophia University (1969 - 1979).
Kaga wrote several novels based on his time in France, including Arechi o tabi suru monotachi (Travelers through the Wasteland) and Furandoru no fuyu (Winter in Flanders) which won the Minister of Education Award for New Artists in 1968. His 1973 novel Kaerazaru natsu (帰らざる夏, A Summer Long Gone), on the tragic consequences of a young man's military indoctrination during World War II received the Tanizaki Prize. His 1982 historical fiction about World War II, Ikari no nai fune (Riding the East Wind), has been translated to English to good reviews.
- 1968 Minister of Education Award for New Artists for Furandoru no fuyu (Winter in Flanders)
- 1974 Tanizaki Prize for Kaerazaru natsu (帰らざる夏, A Summer Long Gone)
- 1979 Japan Literature Grand Prize for Senkoku (The Verdict)
- 1985 Osaragi Jiro Prize for Shitsugen (The Marsh)
- 2011 Person of Cultural Merit
Selected works in translation
- Riding the East Wind: A Novel of War and Peace (Ikari no nai fune), trans. Ian Hideo Levy, Kodansha America, 2002. ISBN 4-7700-2856-3.
- Otohiko Kaga at J'Lit Books from Japan
- Synopsis of Takayama Ukon at JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project)
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