Author of "Grave of the Fireflies" Dies at 85

Author of "Grave of the Fireflies" Dies at 85
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Nosaka wrote the semi-autobiographical short story, “Grave of the Fireflies,” based on World War II. He wrote about his childhood experience of taking his younger adopted sister to his relative’s house during the Bombing of Kobe in World War II in 1945. The book won the Naoki Prize in 1967.

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Akiyuki Nosaka, author of the Japanese classical, “Grave of the Fireflies,” was found unconscious at home on December 9. After being rushed to the emergency room, Nosaka was pronounced dead at the age of 85.

Apple Daily reports, Nosaka was born in Kanagawa in 1930. After he dropped out of the Department of French Studies in Waseda University, he started to write under the name, Yukio Aki. His works include prose, play scripts and newspaper and magazine columns.

Nosaka wrote the semi-autobiographical short story, “Grave of the Fireflies,” based on World War II. He wrote about his childhood experience of taking his younger adopted sister to his relative’s house during the Bombing of Kobe in World War II in 1945. The book won the Naoki Prize in 1967.

ETtoday reports, Nosaka once said that he did not take care of his younger sister like the boy, Seita, did in the story. He regretted the death of his sister and created the story with this grief.

“Grave of the Fireflies” was adapted to an animation film by Studio Ghibli in 1988. It was also adapted to TV series and a live action movie in respectively 2005 and 2008.

NOWnews reports, Nosaka’s works have a delicate writing style. He was good at vividly delineating the daily lives of people. Nosaka was a famous singer, songwriter and also a senator.

Nosaka suffered a stroke in 2003. In the past few years of recovery, he didn’t stop writing until his death.

Translated Wen-yee Lee
Edited by Olivia Yang

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