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Masako Bandō

Masako Bandō 坂東眞砂子

Masako Bandō (1958–2014)  was born in Kōchi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. After graduating from college, she studied architecture and design in Milan, Italy, for two years before returning to Japan and becoming a freelance writer. She soon began trying her hand at fiction on the side, breaking into print first as a children's author, then turning to fiction for the general reader. Her first published work in the latter category was the horror novel Shikoku (Deathland) in 1993, and the following year she received an honorable mention in the Japan Horror Story Grand Prize competition for her novel Mushi (Insects). She became part of the "J-Horror" boom launched by Koji Suzuki's Ring series. After getting her start with fantastic tales rooted in ancient ways, folk beliefs, and superstitions, Bandō expanded into the genres of love and period fiction. She received the Shimase Award for Love Stories in 1996 for her novel Sakura ame (Cherry Blossom Rain), the Naoki Prize in 1997 for Yamahaha (Mountain Witch), and the Shibata Renzaburō Award in 2002 for Mandala Road (tr. 2013). Among her more recent novels of note is Kuchinui (Mouth Stitcher) of 2011.

Books by Masako Bandō
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    Mandala Road

    Mandala Road is a remarkable novel; its portrayal of characters that are utterly complex and even contradictory will be of interest to readers around the world. The book raises many hard questions and avoids giving easy answers. It is trippy, incendiary, …

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    Mouth Stitcher

    Fear of radioactive fallout leads retired couple Shunsuke and Mayuko Seto to move from Tokyo to a mountain village in Kochi on the southwestern Japanese island of Shikoku. Before retirement Shunsuke was an art teacher and pottery enthusiast; he is particu …

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    Hidden Times

    The story is set in a fictitious island nation named Iriaki in the South Pacific, located between the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. Misato Sejima, a 34-year-old Japanese woman working at a resort hotel in the centrally located Porubura, takes visitin …

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    Boogie Woogie

    It is World War II, and Japan is all but defeated. Germany has recently surrendered, but a U-boat still at sea near Japan is sunk by American planes. The rescued crew members are taken to the Daikoku-ya Inn in Hakone. One day, Captain Netzbant goes for a …

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