Riichi Yokomitsu

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Riichi Yokomitsu
横光 利一
Riichi in 1928
Riichi in 1928
Born(1898-03-17)17 March 1898
Higashiyama Onsen, Fukushima, Japan
Died30 December 1947(1947-12-30) (aged 49)
OccupationNovelist, short-story writer
Alma materWaseda University
Notable works
  • The Sun (日輪, Nichirin, 1923)
  • Machine (機械, Kikai, 1930)
  • Shanghai (上海, Shanhai, 1931)

Riichi Yokomitsu (横光 利一, Yokomitsu Riichi, 17 March 1898 – 30 December 1947) was an experimental, modernist Japanese writer.[1]

Yokomitsu began publishing in dōjinshi such as Machi ("Street") and ("Tower") after entering Waseda University in 1916. In 1923, he published Nichirin ("The Sun"), Hae ("A Fly") and more in the magazine Bungeishunjū, which made his name popular. The following year he started the magazine Bungei-Jidai with Yasunari Kawabata and others. Yokomitsu and others involved in Bungei-Jidai were known collectively as the Shinkankakuha, or the New Sensation School, with a particular interest in sensation and scientific objectivity.[2]


  1. ^ Keene, Dennis (1980). Yokomitsu Riichi: Modernist. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231049382.
  2. ^ Washburn, Dennis (2007). Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity. Columbia University Press. p. 147. ISBN 9780231138925.

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