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 Soseki Natsume

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Soseki Natsume Famous memorial

Birth
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Death
9 Dec 1916 (aged 49)
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial
Toshima-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Plot
14-type1 3-side1
Memorial ID
6134221 View Source

Novelist. Born Natsume Kinnosuke, the sixth and unexpected child of his parents, who almost immediately fostered him out to a childless couple who raised him to the age of nine. He earned a degree in English from the University at Tokyo in 1893 and taught in the provinces until 1900. That year, his government sent him to Britain on scholarship, a period he later called the most unpleasant in his life. He returned home after two years , and in 1903 he was appointed lecturer in English at the University of Tokyo. His reputation as a writer was made after the publication of “Wagahai-wa neko de aru” (I Am a Cat) in 1905, satirizing human vanity, and “Botchan” in 1906. His next book, “Kusamakura” (The Three-Cornered World), also published in 1906, was considered quite lyrical, and cemented his reputation, allowing him to give up teaching in order to devote himself to his writing. Further works became increasingly somber, often utilizing themes of betrayal, isolation, and guilt. “Mon” (The Gate), was published in 1910 “Kōjin” (The Wayfarer), in 1912 , “Kokoro” (Heart) in 1914 . He claimed that he owed little to the Japanese literary tradition, and he had introduced what was essentially a foreign literary genre, the contemporary realistic novel, to Japan. His last complete novel, “Michikusa” (Grass on the Wayside) published in 1915, was semi-autobiographical. His final work, often called his unfinished masterpiece, “Meian” (Light and Dark) has been called a work of art and a fascinating example of contemporary Japanese fiction. His portrait was included on the 1984 series of the Japanese 1,000 yen note.

Novelist. Born Natsume Kinnosuke, the sixth and unexpected child of his parents, who almost immediately fostered him out to a childless couple who raised him to the age of nine. He earned a degree in English from the University at Tokyo in 1893 and taught in the provinces until 1900. That year, his government sent him to Britain on scholarship, a period he later called the most unpleasant in his life. He returned home after two years , and in 1903 he was appointed lecturer in English at the University of Tokyo. His reputation as a writer was made after the publication of “Wagahai-wa neko de aru” (I Am a Cat) in 1905, satirizing human vanity, and “Botchan” in 1906. His next book, “Kusamakura” (The Three-Cornered World), also published in 1906, was considered quite lyrical, and cemented his reputation, allowing him to give up teaching in order to devote himself to his writing. Further works became increasingly somber, often utilizing themes of betrayal, isolation, and guilt. “Mon” (The Gate), was published in 1910 “Kōjin” (The Wayfarer), in 1912 , “Kokoro” (Heart) in 1914 . He claimed that he owed little to the Japanese literary tradition, and he had introduced what was essentially a foreign literary genre, the contemporary realistic novel, to Japan. His last complete novel, “Michikusa” (Grass on the Wayside) published in 1915, was semi-autobiographical. His final work, often called his unfinished masterpiece, “Meian” (Light and Dark) has been called a work of art and a fascinating example of contemporary Japanese fiction. His portrait was included on the 1984 series of the Japanese 1,000 yen note.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 28 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6134221
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6134221/soseki-natsume: accessed ), memorial page for Soseki Natsume (9 Feb 1867–9 Dec 1916), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6134221, citing Zoshigaya Cemetery, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan; Maintained by Find a Grave.