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Akiko Yosano

Writer from Japan

Akiko Yosano Akiko Yosano (与謝野 晶子, Yosano Akiko, 7 December 1878 - 29 May 1942) was the pen-name of a Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, active in the late Meiji period as well as the Taishō and early Showa periods of Japan. Her name at birth was Hô Shô. She is one of the most famous, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Yosano was born into a prosperous merchant family in Sakai, near Osaka. From the age of 11, she was the family member most responsible for running the family business, which produced and sold yokan, or bean candy. From early childhood, she was fond of reading literary works, and read widely in her father's extensive library. When she was a high school student, she began to subscribe to the poetry magazine Myōjō (Bright Star), and she became one of its most important contributors. Myōjō’s editor, Yosano Tekkan, taught her tanka poetry. They met when he came to Osaka and Sakai to deliver lectures and teach workshops. Although Tekkan had a common-law wife, Tekkan and Akiko fell in love. Tekkan eventually separated from his common-law wife, and the two poets started a new life together in the suburb of Tokyo. Tekkan  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1878-12-07
Place of birth
Osaka
Nationality
Japan
Profession
Pacifist, Writer

Death

Date of death
1942-05-29
Cause of death
Stroke
Place of death
Tokyo

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