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Creator / Naoya Shiga

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Small name, big talent. A phrase that could describe Naoya Shiga (20 February 1883 – 21 October 1971). His literary career began with a handwritten literary magazine Boya (Perspective). In 1910, Shiga contributed the story "To Abashiri" to the first issue of the literary magazine Shirakaba, which he helped to create.

He is more famed in the literary world in Japan rather than international. But thanks to this site, he has made several appearance in the tropes' examples. Shiga's terse style influenced many later writers, and was praised by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa and Agawa Hiroyuki. However, other contemporaries, notably Dazai Osamu, were strongly critical of this "sincere" style.


He's sort of the father of Japanese literary legends.



  • A Dark Night’s Passing
  • Reconciliation
Short stories:
  • At Cape Kinosaki
  • Han's Crime
  • In The Case of Sasaki
  • The Kidnapping
  • The Razor
  • Seibei's Gourd
  • To Abashiri

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