(1945- ). Novelist, poet, essayist. He received the Akutagawa Prize for his novel Still Lives in 1987, the Yomiuri Literature Prize for Hahanaru Shizen No Oppai (Mother Nature's Breasts) in 1992, and the Tanizaki Prize for Masias Guili No Shikkyaku (Masias Guili's Downfall) in 1993. His recent novel A Burden of Flowers (2002) won the Mainichi Award. (from http://www.thinktheearth.net/book/about/002book_detail03.html)
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