31 January 1892|
|Died||4 February 1974
Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
Ozaki was born in the Kyobashi neighborhood of Tokyo (now part of Chūō, Tokyo). He attended the Keika Shogyo School, where he learned the English language and developed an interest in anthologies of English poetry. In 1911, he came to the attention of poet and sculptor, Takamura Kōtarō, who encouraged his fledgling literary efforts.
While working as an employee of a company, Ozaki translated English poetry as a hobby, and submitted these translations together with his own original works to the literary magazine, Shirakaba (“White Birch”). In 1922, he published his first anthology, Sora to Jumoku (“Sky and Trees”). As a follower of the Shirakaba philosophy of humanism, he became close friends with Mushanokōji Saneatsu and Senge Motomaro. He was also fond of travel and mountaineering.
His later works include Takamura Shisho ("Takamura Anthology") and Hana Sakeru Kodoku (“Flowering Loneliness”). Ozaki also published Yama no Ehon (“Mountain Picture Book”) a collection of miscellaneous thoughts, and many translations of Romain Rolland, Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke, Maurice Maeterlinck and Georges Duhamel.
- Kato, Shuichi. A Sheep's Song: A Writer's Reminiscences of Japan and the World. University of California Press (1992). ISBN 0520219791