Ozaki Kōyō

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Ozaki Kōyō
Ozaki Kōyō
Native name
尾崎 紅葉
Born(1868-01-10)10 January 1868
Edo, Japan
DiedOctober 30, 1903(1903-10-30) (aged 35)
Tokyo, Japan
GenreNovels, poetry

Ozaki Kōyō (尾崎 紅葉, January 10, 1868 – October 30, 1903) was a Japanese author and poet.[1] His real name was Ozaki Tokutaro (尾崎 徳太郎).


Ozaki was the only son of Kokusai (尾崎 谷斎), a well-known netsuke carver in the Meiji period. Ozaki is known as a classic Japanese author writing works in essays, haiku poems, and novels. He grew up in his hometown of Shibachumonmae, located in what is now part of Tokyo, until the age of four, when his mother died. The death of his mother lead him to live with his grandparents in Shibashinmei-cho. His childhood there influenced him in his choice of the penname Koyo (from Mt.Koyo[citation needed]of Zojo Temple).

Ozaki was educated at Baisen Primary School before entering the Highschool of Tokyofu Daini Junior High School, later dropping out after two years. After he entered the Mita English School. Eventually, he enrolled at the Tokyo Imperial University.[2] There he started publishing a literary magazine called Ken'yūsha ("Friend of the Ink Stone") in 1885 with some friends. Well-known writers Yamada Bimyō and Kawakami Bizan also had material published in the magazine.

Ozaki's most renowned works are Tajō Takon (多情多恨, "Tears and Regrets"), serialized in 1896,[3] and Konjiki Yasha (金色夜叉, "The Golden Demon"), serialized in 1897 in the Hakubunkan magazine Nihon Taika Ronshū (日本大家論集, "Japan Expert Treatise Collection").[4] His works mostly appeared in the Yomiuri Shimbun, the most popular newspaper in Japan. His most notable pupils were Izumi Kyōka a romance author who specialized in short stories and who continued to write in Ozaki's style, and author Tokuda Shūsei.[5] In 1954, Konjiki Yasha (Konjiki Yasha (金色夜叉, "The Golden Demon") was made into a Japanese-language film set in Atami.

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  1. ^ "Ozaki Kōyō: Japanese author". Britannica.com. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Writers, YABAI. "Ozaki Koyo: An Author Gone Too Soon | YABAI - The Modern, Vibrant Face of Japan". YABAI. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  3. ^ 多情多恨. Kotobank (in Japanese). The Asahi Shimbun Company. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  4. ^ 金色夜叉. Kotobank (in Japanese). The Asahi Shimbun Company. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ozaki Kōyō | Japanese author". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-03-05.

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