Kenji Miyazawa, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Kenji Miyazawa

Japanese poet and author of children's literature

Date of Birth: 27-Aug-1896

Place of Birth: Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 21-Sep-1933

Profession: writer, teacher, poet, Esperantist, agronomist, children's writer, novelist

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Kenji Miyazawa

  • Kenji Miyazawa (?? ?? or ?? ??, Miyazawa Kenji, 27 August 1896 – 21 September 1933) was a Japanese novelist and poet of children's literature from Hanamaki, Iwate, in the late Taisho and early Showa periods.
  • He was also known as an agricultural science teacher, a vegetarian, cellist, devout Buddhist, and utopian social activist.Some of his major works include Night on the Galactic Railroad, Kaze no Matasaburo, Gauche the Cellist, and The Night of Taneyamagahara.
  • Kenji converted to Nichiren Buddhism after reading the Lotus Sutra, and joined the Kokuchukai, a Nichiren Buddhist organization.
  • His religious and social beliefs created a rift between him and his wealthy family, especially his father, though after his death his family eventually followed him in converting to Nichiren Buddhism.
  • Kenji founded the Rasu Farmers Association to improve the lives of peasants in Iwate Prefecture.
  • He was also a speaker of Esperanto and translated some of his poems into that language. He died of pneumonia in 1933.
  • Almost totally unknown as a poet in his lifetime, Kenji's work gained its reputation posthumously, and enjoyed a boom by the mid-1990s on his centenary.
  • A museum dedicated to his life and works was opened in 1982 in his hometown.
  • Many of his children's stories have been adapted as anime, most notably Night on the Galactic Railroad.
  • Many of his tanka and free verse poetry, translated into many languages, are still popular today.

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