uki mono wa nashi
Ever since we parted
under the indifferent gaze
of the lingering moon,
nothing brings more anguish than
the approach of each new dawn.
150th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes announced (January 16, 2014)
The 150th Akutagawa Prize will be awarded to Oyamada Hiroko for Ana (Holes, published in the September 2013 issue of Shinchō). The 150th Naoki Prize will be shared by Asai Makate, for Renka (Love Poem, published by Kōdansha) and Himeno Kaoruko, for Shōwa no inu (Shōwa Dog, published by Kentōsha; English subtitle: Perspective Kid). The presentation ceremony will be held in mid-February in Tokyo. A number of articles were published in newspapers and on the web reflecting on the significance of the 150th awards. Novelist Shimada Masahiko, for example, in the January 12 evening edition of the Asahi Shinbun singled out his four favorite Akutagawa Prize winners -- Abe Kōbō, Kojima Nobuo, Ōe Kenzaburō, and Nakajima Kenji -- while also noting that a number of major postwar writers are missing from the list of winners: Dan Kazuo, Takami Jun, Nakajima Atsushi, Agawa Hiroyuki, Shimao Toshio, Ariyoshi Sawako, Yoshimura Akira, Tsushima Yūko, and Murakami Haruki.