Jun Itō

Jun Itō 伊東潤

Jun Itō (1960-) was born in Yokohama. After graduating from Waseda University, he worked as a salesperson and then a consultant in the IT industry, before making a career change after reaching his forties to become a writer. He specializes in period fiction, and has gained a particular reputation for his portrayals of samurai battle scenes. He has also won accolades for the meticulous research he does on the historical background for his works, and has even published books of scholarship on topics of debate among academics. In 2012 he won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers for the story collection Kuni o ketta otoko (The Man Who Kicked the State), in 2013 he took home the Yamada Fūtarō Prize for Kyogei no umi (A Sea of Levianthans), and in 2014 he garnered the Nakayama Gishū Literary Prize for the novel Tōge-goe (Over the Pass). His other titles include Giretsu senshū (A Thousand Years of Heroism), Kurohae no umi: Katō Kiyomasa “Bunroku-Keichō no eki” ibun (The Sea before the Rains: Strange Tales from the Invasion of Korea), Kujira bugen (Whale Wealth), and Tenka-bito no cha (Tea for the Grandees).

Books by Jun Itō
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    Tea for the Grandees

    Medieval Japan endured an extended period of fragmentation when warring feudal domains were vying fiercely with one another to expand their territory, before the hegemonic ambitions of Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–98), and finally …