Seiko Tanabe

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Seiko Tanabe
Born(1928-03-27)March 27, 1928
Osaka, Japan
DiedJune 6, 2019(2019-06-06) (aged 91)
Kōbe, Japan
OccupationWriter
NationalityJapanese
Notable worksKanshō ryokō (1964)
Uba-zakari (1981)
Hinekure Issa (1993)
Dōton-bori no ame ni wakarete inainari - Senryū sakka Kishimoto Suifu to sono jidai (1993)
Notable awardsAkutagawa Prize (1964)
Order of Culture (2008)
Spouse
Sumio Kawano (m. 1966)

Seiko Tanabe (田辺 聖子, Tanabe Seiko, 27 March 1928 – 6 June 2019) was a Japanese author. She graduated from the Department of Japanese Literature of Shōin Joshi Senmon Gakkō (now Osaka Shoin Women's University). Author of numerous novels, she won the Akutagawa Prize, Yomiuri Prize, and Asahi Prize, and received the Order of Culture for her contributions to literature.[1]

Biography[edit]

Tanabe was born on 27 March 1928. Her father was a photographer and operated a photography studio.[2] She was familiar with the Japanese classic literatures since her young days. The cultures and tradition of her birthplace, Osaka, largely affected her life and literature.

After World War II, she engaged in the coterie activities while working in a company. Her novel Hanagari (花狩) in this period was nominated in the literature competition and adopted as a radio drama. In 1956, she won the Osaka Citizen Award for literature for her story Niji (}. After that she became a professional writer.

In 1964, she won the 50th Akutagawa Prize for her novel Sentimental Journey (感傷旅行, Kanshō Ryokō). In the following years, she wrote and published a wide range of literary works, such as novels of love romance, biographies, many essays of various themes including Japanese classic literature, translations and adaptations of the classic works of Japan such as the Tale of Genji and Makura no Sōshi.

She married Sumio Kawano (川野純夫) who had been a husband of her literary friend Shōko Kawano (川野彰子). After the death of Shōko, Tanabe married Kawano as a second wife in 1966, and lived with him until his death in 2002, for 36 years. They lived in Osaka, but in 1976, they moved to Itami city in Hyōgo Prefecture.

Tanabe received various literary awards. In 2000, she became a Person of Cultural Merit and then, she received Order of Culture for her literary contributions of Japanese culture in 2008. Her literary works had unique characteristics which reflected the cultures of Osaka and its dialect. She created successful love romances using Osaka dialect, which is one of Kansai dialect.

Tanabe died by ascending cholangitis on 6 June 2019 at a hospital in Kōbe, Hyōgo.[3]

Prizes[edit]

  • 1956 Osaka Citizen Award, for Niji ( 虹 )
  • 1964 50th Akutagawa Prize for Kanshō ryokō ( 感傷旅行 )
  • 1987 Women's Literature Award for Hanagoromo nuguya matsuwaru ... Waga ai no Sugita Hisajo ( 花衣ぬぐやまつわる......わが愛の杉田久女 )
  • 1993 Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature, for Hinekure Issa ( ひねくれ一茶 )
  • 1994 42nd Kikuchi Kan Prize, for Hinekure Issa
  • 1998 26th Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature, for Dōton-bori no ame ni wakarete irai nari - Senryū sakka Kishimoto Suifu to sono jidai ( 道頓堀の雨に別れて以来なり-川柳作家·岸本水府とその時代 )
  • 1999 50th Yomiuri Prize for Dōton-bori no ame ni wakarete irai nari[4]
  • 2007 Asahi Prize

Awards[edit]

Selected works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Hanakari (花狩) Touto shobou 1958
  • Kanshou ryokou (Sentimental journey) (感傷旅行(センチメンタル・ジャーニィ)) Bungei shunjuu-sha 1964
  • Onna no hidokei (女の日時計) Yomiuri shinbun-sha 1970
  • Joze to tora to sakana-tachi (ジョゼと虎と魚たち Kadokawa shobou 1985
  • Fukigenna koibito (不機嫌な恋人) Kadokawa shoten 1988
  • Hinekure Issa (ひねくれ一茶) Koudan-sha 1992

Essays[edit]

  • Onna no nagaburo (女の長風呂) Bungei shunjū 1973
  • Eve no okurege (イブのおくれ毛) Bungei shunjū 1975
  • Raamen nieta mo gozonjinai (ラーメン煮えたもご存じない) Shinchōsha 1977
  • Rakurōshō 1, 2, 3, 4 (楽老抄) Shūeisha 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009

Translations and adaptations of classic Japanese works[edit]

  • Mae mae, katatsumuri, Shin Ochikubo monogatari (舞え舞え蝸牛 新・落窪物語) Bungei shunjuu, 1977
  • Shin Genji monogatari (新源氏物語) Shinchou-sha, 1978–79
  • Shihon Genji monogatari (私本・源氏物語) Jitsugyou-no-tomo-sha, 1980
  • Haru no mezame wa Murasaki no maki, Shin shihon Genji monogatari (春のめざめは紫の巻 新・私本源氏物語) Jitsugyou-no-tomo-sha 1983
  • Mukashi akebono, shousetsu Makura no sōshi (むかし・あけぼの 小説枕草子) Kadokawa shoten 1983
  • Tanabe Seiko no Ogura hyakunin isshu (田辺聖子の小倉百人一首) Kadokawa shoten 1986
  • Tanabe Seiko no Kojiki (田辺聖子の古事記) Shuueisha, Watashi no koten 1986
  • Kiri fukaki Uji no koi, Shin Genji monogatari (霧ふかき宇治の恋 新源氏物語) Shinchousha 1990

Biographies[edit]

  • Hanagoromo nuguya matsuwaru ... Waga ai no Sugita Hisajo (花衣ぬぐやまつわる……わが愛の杉田久女) Shūeisha 1987
  • Douton-bori no ame ni wakarete irai nari - Senryuu sakka Kishimoto Suifu to sono jidai (道頓堀の雨に別れて以来なり――川柳作家・岸本水府とその時代) Chūōkōronsha 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tanabe Seiko". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  2. ^ 『私の父、私の母』 (My father and my mother) Chuo Koronsha, 1994, PP. 113-120.
  3. ^ Sankei news online Retriebed June 10, 2019 (Japanese)
  4. ^ "読売文学賞" [Yomiuri Prize for Literature] (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved September 28, 2018.