Date of Birth and Death
Octover 3, 1905 - February 17, 1972
Birthplace (modern name)
Occupation, Status
Literary Figure , Social Activist
Pen name etc.
HIRABAYASHI Tai (real name)


Novelist. After graduating from Suwa Women's Higher School in 1922, she moved to Tokyo, where she worked as a switchboard operator, grew close with anarchists and lived a pleasure-seeking life. After she wandered around Manchuria, she returned to Japan in 1924 and started to publish her works in the self-published magazine Bungei Sensen (Literature War Front). In 1927 she joined the Rono Geijutsuka Renmei (Union of Proletariat and Peasant Artists) and published Shinryo-shitsu Nite (In the Charity Hospital), with which she was acknowledged as an up-and-coming proletarian literature writer. During the war her life was difficult due to being arrested and illness, but once the war ended she resumed writing and published works vigorously.


National Diet Library's collections



  • Portrait of HIRABAYASHI Taiko1
  • Portrait of HIRABAYASHI Taiko2
  • Portrait of HIRABAYASHI Taiko3
  • Portrait of HIRABAYASHI Taiko4