Kawabata Yasunari and Izu-no Odoriko

Kawabata Yasunari and Izu-no Odoriko

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Kawabata Yasunari (14 June 1899-16 April 1972) was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.

Kawabata started to achieve recognition with a number of short stories shortly after he graduated the Tokyo University, receiving acclaim for "Izu-no Odoriko" in 1926, a story about a melancholy student who, on a walking trip down Izu Peninsula, meets a young dancer, and returns to Tokyo in much improved spirits. This story, which explored the dawning eroticism of young love, was successful because he used dashes of melancholy and even bitterness to offset what might have otherwise been overly sweet. Most of his subsequent works explored similar themes.

Izu-no Odoriko
Izu-no Odoriko, The Izu Dancer, Nishimura Katsumi, !974

"The Dancing Girl of Izu" or "The Izu Dancer", (Izu-no Odoriko) published in 1926, was the first work of literature by Japanese author Kawabata Yasunari to achieve great popular and critical acclaim. Kawabata would win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968. The short story was first translated into English by Edward Seidensticker and published in an abridged form in The Atlantic Monthly in 1952.

Movie adaptations. The story has been filmed several times in Japan: 1. Koi-no hana saku Izu-no odoriko (1933), 2. The Dancing Girl of Izu; Izu no odoriko (1954 film), 3. Izu-no odoriko (1963 film), 4. Izu-no odoriko (1967 film), 5. Izu-no odoriko (1974 film) - this version include starring Yamaguchi Momoe