BirthdayAugust 11, 1892

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Eiji Yoshikawa

    Full name: Eiji Yoshikawa
    Also known as: Eiji Yoshikawa, Yoshikawa, Eiji, 吉川 英治
    Professions: Japanese writer
    Nationality: Japanese
    Occupation: Writer

  2. Eiji Yoshikawa Known for

    Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955), Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956), Taira Clan Saga (1955)

  3. Eiji Yoshikawa Death information

    Died: Friday, 7th of September, 1962 (Age: 70)

  4. Eiji Yoshikawa Biography

    Eiji Yoshikawa (?? ??, Yoshikawa Eiji, August 11, 1892 – September 7, 1962) was a Japanese historical novelist. Among his best-known novels, most are revisions of older classics. He was mainly influenced by classics such as The Tale of the Heike, Tale of Genji, Water Margin, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, many of which he retold in his own style. As an example, the original manuscript of Taiko is 15 volumes; Yoshikawa took up to retell it in a more accessible tone, and reduced it to only two volumes. His other books also serve similar purposes and, although most of his novels are not original works, he created a huge amount of work and a renewed interest in the past. He was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit in 1960 (the highest award for a man of letters in Japan), the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Mainichi Art Award just before his death from cancer in 1962. He is cited as one of the best historical novelists in Japan.

  5. Eiji Yoshikawa Family

    Spouse: Yasu Akazawa, Fumiko Ikedo

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