HIGUCHI Ichiyo

Date of Birth and Death
May 2, 1872 - November 23, 1896
Birthplace (modern name)
Tokyo
Occupation, Status
Literary Figure
Pen name etc.
Natsu

Description

Poet and novelist. Born in Tokyo. In 1886, she entered the Haginoya poetry academy of Utako Nakajima. Her father's death in 1889 forced her to earn the family's living. In 1891, she became a pupil of Tosui Nakarai and began writing stories. "Umoregi" (Undiscovered Wood), published in 1892, became a breakthrough hit and won her contacts with people in the "Bungakkai" (the literary world). To earn a living, she also ran a shop dealing in household goods and cheap sweets at Ryusenji-machi in Shitaya-ku. Higuchi left not only novels such as "Otsugomori" (The Last Day of the Year) (1894), "Nigorie" (Muddy Bay) (1895), and "Takekurabe" (Growing Up) (1895), but also her diaries. She died in poverty of lung tuberculosis.

Publications

National Diet Library Online

SNS

HIGUCHI Ichiyo

  • Portrait of HIGUCHI Ichiyo1
  • Portrait of HIGUCHI Ichiyo2
  • Portrait of HIGUCHI Ichiyo3