Ms. Misato Yanagi’s novel november 19 at 10:56 a.m. in the translation literature category of the National Book Awards
Misato Yanagi’s novel “JR Ueno Station Park Entrance” was selected for the translation literature category of the U.S. National Book Award, the most prestigious literary prize in the United States.
The winners of this year’s National Book Awards were announced at an online event on the morning of the 19th of Japan time, of which Ms. Misato Yanagi’s novel “JR Ueno Station Park Entrance” was selected for the “Translation Literature Category.”
This work is a novel about a man from Fukushima Prefecture who is old and lives homeless in Ueno Park in Tokyo, and was released in Japan in 2014.
It details the lives of men who have continued to work to support their families and the lives of homeless people around them, highlighting the strains of Japan that have been overlooked in the face of economic growth.
Mr. Yanagi won the Akutagawa Prize at “Family Cinema” in 1997, and since the Great East Japan Earthquake, he has moved to Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture since 2015 to write.
In the translation literature category of the National Book Awards, Yasunari Kawabata’s “Sound of the Mountain” has been selected so far, and Ms. Yasuko Tawada’s “Dedication Of Light” has been awarded the day before yesterday.
Ms. Misato Yanagi’s career
Misato Yanagi was born in Ibaraki Prefecture at the age of 52.
After graduating from high school, he joined a theater company and studied theater as an actor and director’s assistant, then started a theater unit and worked as a playwright, winning the Kishida Drama Award in 1993.
The following year, he made his debut as a novelist and won the Akutagawa Prize for “Family Cinema” in 1997, and since then he has continued to publish works based on his own roots and experiences.
In addition, he served as a personality at a temporary radio station established in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and in 2015 moved to Minamisoma City to open an old bookstore.