Mitsuyo Kakuta


Born
in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
March 08, 1967

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Mitsuyo Kakuta (1967–) set her sights on becoming a writer from an early age. Her debut novel—Kōfuku na yūgi (A Blissful Pastime), written while she was a university student—received the Kaien Prize for New Writers in 1990. She has been working continuously as an author ever since, never having had to support herself with a separate job. Three nominations for the Akutagawa Prize serve as a measure of the promise with which she was regarded from early in her career. Then, at the encouragement of an editor, she shifted toward the entertainment end of the literary spectrum, where she garnered a much broader readership with works depicting the lives of women in her generation, from their mid-thirties to forties. After pub
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“But to me, it's a whole
lot more important to find something that makes you unafraid of
being alone, rather than to have so many friends that you wind up
being terrified of solitude.”
Mitsuyo Kakuta, Woman on the Other Shore

“She
was afraid of getting too close to anyone. To her, closeness represented
a loss rather than a gain.”
Mitsuyo Kakuta, Woman on the Other Shore

“There's that, too, but more than that, what people are saying
about me right now, it's not really about me, it's about them. It's not
my baggage to carry. Why should I want to shoulder everybody else's
burdens and beat myself up over their problems? I'm not that bighearted.”
Mitsuyo Kakuta, Woman on the Other Shore

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