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Tomoka Shibasaki

Tomoka Shibasaki 柴崎友香

Tomoka Shibasaki (1973–)  was born in Osaka and began writing fiction while still in high school. After graduating from university, she took an office job but continued writing, managing to get onto the shortlist for the Bungei Prize in 1998. Publication in a magazine of her short story Reddo, ierō, orenji, burū (Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue) the following year marked her debut in print. Her first book, Kyō no dekigoto (A Day on the Planet, 2000), was turned into a hit movie, thrusting her into the limelight as an author. The novel Sono machi no ima wa (Today, in That City, 2006) was awarded the MEXT Award for New Artists and was also nominated for the Akutagawa Prize. Nete mo samete mo (Night and Day) won the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2010. Her mid-length Haru no niwa (Spring Garden) took the coveted Akutagawa Prize in 2014. Other works include the novels Furu taimu raifu (Full-Time Life), Watashi ga inakatta machi de (In Cities before My Time), and Birijian (Viridian), and the short-story collection Dorīmāzu (Dreamers). Shibasaki is admired for her unique ability to capture situations with sharp, photographic accuracy.
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Books by Tomoka Shibasaki
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    Night and Day

    Set in Osaka and Tokyo in the years 1999 to 2008, this novel is about two relationships experienced by Asako, the female protagonist, between the ages of 22 and 31. A keen amateur photographer, Asako carries her twin-lens reflex camera with her wherever s …

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    In Cities before My Time

    Though written in plain and simple language and devoid of major incidents or conflicts, the title work in this volume, which includes a novel and a short-short story, is nonetheless a deeply engaging one that draws the reader into reflective contemplation …

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    Spring Garden

    This mid-length work portrays roughly one year in the lives and changing relationships of residents of an outdated apartment house located in an upscale residential section of Tokyo. When Tarō got divorced three years ago, he also quit his job as a beau …

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    A Sign in the Stars

    An otherwise mundane narrative lacking in any extraordinary incident sparkles everywhere with the idiosyncratic perspectives author Tomoka Shibasaki brings to the events. It is a work that has much in common with her Akutagawa Prize-winning Haru no niwa ( …

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