Flower Tales, Hana Monogatari and Two Virgins in the Attic, Yaneura-no nishojo
Yoshiya Nobuko (1896-1973) was a Japanese novelist active in Taisho and Showa-eras Japan. She was one of modern Japan's most commercially successful and prolific writers, specializing in serialized romance novels and adolescent girls’ fiction, as well as a pioneer in Japanese lesbian literature, including the Class S genre.
Her works are keenly aware of contemporary sexology. One of her early works, Hana monogatari (Flower Tales, 1916-1924), a series of fifty-two tales of romantic friendships, became popular among female students. Most of the relationships presented in Flower Tales are those of longing from afar, unrequited love, or an unhappy ending. It depicts female-female desire in an almost narcissistic way by employing a dreamy writing style.
Yaneura-no nishojo (Two Virgins in the Attic, 1919) is semi-autobiographical, and describes a female-female love experience with her dormmate. In the last scene, the two girls decide to live together as a couple. This work, in attacking male-oriented society, and showing two women as a couple after they have finished secondary education presents a strong feminist attitude, and also reveals Yoshiya's own lesbian sexual orientation.