Kyoko Nakajima was born in Tokyo in 1964. After working at a publishing firm and as a freelance writer, she made her debut as a novelist in 2003 with Futon. In 2010 her novel Chisai ouchi won the Naoki Prize. This was followed by the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature for Tsuma ga shiitake datta koro (When My Wife Was a Shiitake) in 2014 and the Kawai Hayao Story Prize and Historical Fiction Writers Club Award for Katazuno! (One-Horn!) in 2015. Her other works include Ito no koi (Ito’s Romance) and Chobo zekka (A Magnificent View). Supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Events Kyoko Nakajima was involved in

  • Reading & Conversation: Kyoko Nakajima, Inês Pedrosa and Zeruya Shalev

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:00 PM

    Authors Kyoko Nakajima, Inês Pedrosa and Zeruya Shalev will read from their latest books before being in conversation with moderator Steven W. Beattie.


  • Authors on Tour at Union Station – Day 2

    Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12 PM - 2 PM

    The Toronto International Festival of Authors has partnered with Toronto’s Union Station once again to bring spirited author readings to Toronto’s busiest commuter interchange.


  • The Little House: On Screen

    Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Join us for a special and rare screening of the Japanese drama The Little House (小さいおうち), directed by Yoji Yamada, and based on the book of the same name by Kyoko Nakajima, who will be in attendance. Set in Japan in the 1930s and 1940s, the story introduces Taki Nunomiya, an elderly woman and former [...]