|Born||23 December 1909
Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
|Died||5 April 1987
Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan
Nakazato was born in Fujisawa city, Kanagawa prefecture and graduated from the Kanagawa Girls’ Higher School. Her early submissions to literary magazines caught the attention of Yokomitsu Riichi, who encouraged her to develop her literary skills.
In 1938, Nakazato became the first woman to win the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, with her short story Noriai bashi. After World War II, she came to be known for a number of works addressing the issue of international marriage, including Mariannu monogatari ("Maryann's Story", 1946) and Kusari ("Chain", 1959), which were drawn from her own daughter's marriage to an American.
In the 1970s and 1980s, her writings gradually evolved away from the psychology of human life to a more symbolic approach, and her novel Utamakura ("Song Pillow", 1973) was awarded the Yomiuri Prize. In 1974, she received the Japan Art Academy Prize, and became a member of that institution in 1983. She was also awarded the Kawabata Yasunari Literary Prize in 1976.