Akiko Yosano

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Date of Birth December 7, 1878
Place of Birth Japan
Date of Death May 29, 1942 (63)
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Yosano Akiko

Yosano Akiko was the pen-name of a Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, active in the late Meiji period as well as the Taishō and early Shōwa periods of Japan. Her name at birth was. She is one of the most noted, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan.

Born: Dec 7, 1878, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Died: May 29, 1942, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: Writer, educator
Genre: poetry, essays
Notable work: Kimi Shinitamou koto nakare
Spouse: Tekkan Yosano

About Akiko Yosano

Renowned and controversial Japanese poet, writer, feminist, and pacifist who wrote between 20,000 and 50,000 poems. She is perhaps best known for an anti-war poem entitled "Kimi Shinitamou koto nakare" and published during the Russo-Japanese War.

Before Fame

She ran her merchant family's yokan (candy) business beginning at the young age of eleven.


Her birth name was Sho Ho; Akiko Yosano was her pen name.

Family Life

She married literary editor Tekkan Yosano in 1901. She subsequently gave birth to thirteen children.


She was a literary contemporary of fellow Japanese author Eji Yoshikawa.

Information related to Yosano Akiko

  • Japanese literature - Early works of Japanese literature were heavily influenced by cultural contact with China and Chinese literature, often written in Classical Chinese. Indian literature also had an influence through the separation of Buddhism in Japan.
  • Japanese women essayists
  • Japanese pacifists
  • Pacifist feminists
  • Japanese feminists
  • 20th-century Japanese writers
  • Japanese women poets
  • Japanese educators
  • Japanese essayists
  • People of Meiji-period Japan
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Latest information about Akiko Yosano updated on July 13, 2020.

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