Shōtarō Ikenami

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Shōtarō Ikenami (池波 正太郎, Ikenami Shōtarō, January 25, 1923 – May 3, 1990) was a Japanese author. He wrote a number of historical novels. He won the Naoki Award for popular literature in 1960.[1][2] Many of his historical novels were adapted for TV and cinema.

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  • Master Assassin Baian series
    1. Master Assassin: Tales of Murder from Shogun City aka Ninja Justice: Six Tales of Murder and Revenge (Koroshi no Yonin: Shikakenin Fujieda Baian)
    2. Bridge of Darkness: The Return of the Master Assassin (Baian Ari Jigoku: Shikakenin Fujieda Baian)



Ikenami created several works, including:


  • Ikenami, Shōtarō (1976). Otoko no Rizumu [A man's rhythm]. Kadokawa Shoten.
  • Ikenami, Shōtarō. Shokutaku no Tsubuyaki.
  • Ikenami, Shōtarō (1972). Shinsengumi Ibun [Strange Tales of the Shinsengumi].


  1. ^ Japan Update Keizai Kōhō Sentā (Tokyo, Japan) No.16-27 1993 Page 18 "Fuji Television Demon Heizo's Reports.... Demon Heizo's author, Shotaro Ikenami (1923-1990), accomplished much more than this literary feat. Even in his youth, working for the Tokyo metropolitan government, he wrote plays for Shin-kokugeki, a legitimate theater specializing in period drama. Upon winning the prestigious Naoki Award for popular literature in 1960 he launched into..."
  2. ^ Asiaweek Volume 13 - Page 633 1987 "Shotaro Ikenami, 64, is famous for his accounts of China's feuding kingdoms (481-221 B.C.), and of the benevolent thieves in Japan's Tokugawa era (1603-1867). He was awarded the prestigious Naoki Prize in 1960."

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