New Perspectives on Miyazawa Kenji

Miyazawa Kenji was born in August 1896 in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture. He wrote a host of poems and children’s stories before his death at the age of 37 in September 1933. He drew inspiration from the Lotus Sutra and worked to improve the lives of local farmers, while battling illness for many years. This series of articles looks back at Kenji’s life and works on the 120th anniversary of his birth.

Dreams of Ihatov: Miyazawa Kenji’s Land of ImaginationWang Min

Miyazawa Kenji set his stories and poems in Ihatov, a fictional land based on his native Iwate Prefecture. At the same time, the writer was much influenced by Chinese literature and thought. His works reflect these differing inspirations in bringing together the local and the distant.

Illustrating Miyazawa Kenji (Photo Gallery)

Designer Kobayashi Toshiya brings classic stories by Miyazawa Kenji to life in a series of illustrated books.

Miyazawa Kenji and the Art of the Picture Book: The Work of Kobayashi Toshiya

Since 1979, graphic designer Kobayashi Toshiya has devoted himself to the illustration and publication of painstakingly crafted picture books based on the stories of Miyazawa Kenji. We visited Kobayashi at his rustic retreat to learn how the world of Kenji inspired a lifetime obsession.

Miyazawa Kenji: A Literary Life in Northern Japan

In his short life, Miyazawa Kenji wrote some of Japan’s most beloved poems and stories. Although largely unappreciated during his lifetime, his reputation has soared in the years that followed.

Miyazawa Kenji’s Answers for Japan and the WorldRoger Pulvers

Neglected in his lifetime, the poet and author Miyazawa Kenji has come to new prominence in Japan, particularly in the last two decades. His pioneering environmentalism and emphasis on taking personal responsibility struck a chord with many in the wake of tragedies that shocked the nation in 1995 and 2011.

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