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Kenji Miyazawa

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Kenji Miyazawa

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Full Name: Kenji Miyazawa
Born: August 28, 1896
Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan
Died: September 21, 1933
Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan
Occupation: Writer, Poet, Teacher, Farmer
Nationality: Japanese


Kenji Miyazawa was a Japanese poet and author of children's literature from Hanamaki, Iwate, in the late Taisho and early Showa periods. He was also known as an agricultural science teacher, a vegetarian, cellist, devout Buddhist, and utopian social activist.

He died of pneumonia in 1933. Almost totally unknown as a poet in his lifetime, Kenji's work gained its reputation posthumously, and enjoyed a boom by the mid-1990s on his centenary. A museum dedicated to his life and works was opened in 1982 in his hometown. Many of his children's stories have been adapted as anime, most notably Night on the Galactic Railroad. Many of his tanka and free verse poetry, translated into many languages, are still popular today.

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