Sunday, June 14, 2009

Osamu Dazai

Today's topic is about an author who have been associated with Yamanashi, Osamu Dazai 太宰治(1909-48). This year we've had and will have centennial celebrations of Dazai's birth in various places of Yamanashi.
from wikipedia

Dazai is famous for his novels, "No Longer Human (人間失格 Ningen Shikkaku)", "The Setting Sun (斜陽 Shayō)", "Run, Melos! (走れメロス Hashire Merosu)"...etc. He who was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1909 and at his puberty got the idea of being a author, went up to Tokyo and then sat at feet of Masuji Ibuse 井伏鱒二. In 1939, he married Michiko Ishihara with whom he'd had a marriage meeting in the previous year through the intermediation of Ibuse and, though for a short time, he lived in Kofu where there were Michiko's parents' home. In his works that he wrote at this time, "Several scenery of Mt. Fuji (富嶽百景 Fugaku Hyakkei)" is popular. After that, he migrated from Yamanashi to Mitaka in Tokyo, but, every time he had a chance, he went on a visit to Yumura Onsen(hot springs) and so on in Yamanashi. He and his family moved to Kofu after Bombing of Tokyo in March 1945. Furthermore, as one misfortune followed another, they were bombed out by the airborne attack at Kofu in July of that year. In 1948, he committed suicide together with his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki.

View Osamu Dazai 太宰治 and Yamanashi on Google My Maps (You can find events and spots associated with Dazai)

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・Kofu city's site on centennial celebrations of Dazai's birth
・The sightseeing guide's site of Kofu city on Dazai
・The article of Yamanashi nichinichi shimbun news paper on centennial celebrations of Dazai's birth
・Wikipedia's articles associated with Dazai

Photo collection "Osamu Dazai in Yamanashi Pref 山梨県の太宰治" on "flickr", shot by Datsu (You can see Tengajaya 天下茶屋 where Dazai wrote "Several scenery of Mt. Fuji", Mt.Fuji's view from there, a stone monument located on the place of his now-defunct house, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Literature...etc)

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