Ryuichi Tamura

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              田 村 隆 一 

Tamura Ryuichi 1923 - 1998                       

Born in Otsuka, outside the city of Tokyo, Tamura grew up in a traditional Japanese household. His first experiences outside the family came when he entered high school in downtown Tokyo. He met and became active with a group of young poets who were exploring the facets of modernism. He entered the literary department of Meiji University in 1941, and was inducted into the Navy in 1943. He did not enter combat, but the many of his friends who were killed in the war scarred him for life. After the war, with those from his school days who survived, he started the poetry journal Arechi (The Waste Land). His first book of poems, Four Thousand Days and Nights appeared in 1956. It introduced a new hard tone to Japanese poetry, using original forms and striking metaphors and images. With the publication of The World Without Words in 1962, he was established as a major poet. He spent five months at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program in 1967-68 as Guest Poet. Later, he traveled to England, Scotland and India. His experiences filled twenty eight volumes of poetry. Tamura was a major force and influence in modern Japanese literature. In addition to many prestigious awards for poetry, Tamura received Japan's highest honor, the 54th Japan Academy of Arts Award for Poetry in 1998.   


Zaimokuza Beach in Kamakura where Tamura often strolled.

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