Tomoka Shibasaki

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Tomoka Shibasaki
Native name 柴崎友香
Born (1973-10-20) October 20, 1973 (age 44)
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Novelist
Language Japanese
Alma mater Osaka Prefecture University
Genre Fiction
Notable works
  • Haru no niwa (春の庭)
  • Sono machi no ima wa (その街の今は)
  • Kyō no dekigoto (きょうのできごと)
Notable awards
Novelist: Tomoka Shibasaki

Tomoka Shibasaki (柴崎友香, Shibasaki Tomoka, born October 20, 1973) is a Japanese writer from Osaka. She has won the Noma Literary New Face Prize and the Akutagawa Prize, and two of her works have been adapted for film.


Shibasaki was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated from Osaka Prefecture University and held an office job for four years while writing fiction.[1] In 1999 she published her first short story, "Reddo, ierō, orenji, burū" ("Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue").[2] Her first novel, Kyō no dekigoto (A Day on the Planet), was published the next year. In 2003 Kyō no dekigoto was adapted by Isao Yukisada into a film of the same name.[3]

In 2006 Shibasaki won a MEXT Award for New Artists for Sono machi no ima wa (Today, in that City), which was then nominated in 2007 for the Akutagawa Prize, but did not win.[4] In 2010 she won the Noma Literary New Face Prize for Nete mo samete mo, a first-person story about a woman who falls in love, loses her boyfriend, then meets a man who looks identical to her disappeared boyfriend but acts completely differently.[5][6] In 2014, after having her work nominated three more times for the Akutagawa Prize, Shibasaki finally won the 151st Akutagawa Prize for her novel Haru no niwa (Spring Garden).[7]

In 2016 the Japan Foundation sponsored her residency in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.[8] The following year, an English translation of her Akutagawa Prize-winning novel Haru no niwa was published by Pushkin Press under the title Spring Garden.[9] In 2018 Ryūsuke Hamaguchi's film adaptation of Nete mo samete mo, titled Asako I & II, entered the competition at the Cannes Film Festival.[10]


Film adaptations[edit]

  • A Day on the Planet (きょうのできごと, Kyō no dekigoto), 2003[3]
  • Asako I & II, 2018[10]


Books in Japanese[edit]

Selected Work in English[edit]


  1. ^ "Japan/America: Writers' Dialogue". Asia Society. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Tomoka Shibasaki". Books from Japan. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "きょうのできごと a day on the planet". Cinema Today. Retrieved August 27, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "芸術選奨歴代受賞者一覧(昭和25年度~)" (PDF). Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ "野間三賞の受賞作品がそれぞれ発表、野間文芸新人賞に柴崎友香と円城塔". (in Japanese). November 5, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ Schilling, Mark (September 5, 2018). "Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Cannes submission tackles the difficulties of relationships". The Japan Times. Retrieved September 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa". The Japan Times. July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "SHIBASAKI Tomoka". International Writing Program. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ Moloney, Iain (June 10, 2017). "'Spring Garden': A masterful look at loneliness and malaise in Tokyo". The Japan Times. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b Dalton, Stephen (May 14, 2018). "'Asako I & II' ('Netemo sametemo'): Film Review Cannes 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  11. ^ "野間文芸新人賞". Kodansha (in Japanese). Retrieved June 21, 2018. 

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