Jakucho Setouchi

Jakucho Setouchi
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Born (1922-05-15) 15 May 1922 (age 97)
Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
OccupationWriter
GenreNovels
Notable worksKashin, Natsu no Owari, Hana ni Toe

Jakucho Setouchi (瀬戸内 寂聴, Setouchi Jakuchō, born May 15, 1922), formerly Harumi Setouchi (瀬戸内 晴美, Setouchi Harumi),[1] is a Buddhist nun, writer, and activist.[2][3] Setouchi is noted for her biographical novels written as first-person narratives.[4]

Early career

Setouchi was born in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture to a family that dealt in the sale of religious goods.[3] She attended Tokyo Woman's Christian University and graduated with a degree in Japanese literature. Setouchi married a foreign exchange student sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Beijing. She returned to Japan in 1946 with her daughter.[5] After a love affair with one of her husband's students, she left her house and got an official divorce before leaving for Tōkyō and in order to pursue a writing career.

Setouchi's first literary award reception for Kashin was criticized as pornography. Upon being awarded the Women's Literary Prize in 1963 for Natsu no Owari, she proved herself as a writer.[3] She has also received one of Japan's more prestigious literary awards, the Tanizaki Prize for her novel Hana ni Toe in 1992.[5]

Other Languages
日本語: 瀬戸内寂聴
Simple English: Jakucho Setouchi