Higuchi Ichiyo

Higuchi Ichiyo


(pen name of Higuchi Natsuko). Born 1872 in Tokyo; died there 1896. Japanese writer.

Higuchi, the daughter of a minor police official, studied classical Japanese poetry in a private school. She published her first works in 1892. An adherent of the romantic school, she became known for her short stories and novellas about the life of the common people of Japan. Her novellas Life in the Backwoods (1892), Rivals (1895), Thirteenth Night (1895), and Murky Stream (1895) depict the hard lot of the Japanese woman.

Higuchi’s works contributed to the development of progressive trends in modern Japanese literature and to the cultivation of national artistic traditions. Several of them have been adapted for the stage and screen.


Nihon gendai bungaku zenshu, vols. 1–10. Tokyo, 1962.


Istoriia sovremennoi iaponskoi literatury. Moscow, 1961.
Shiota Ryohei. Higuchi Ichiyo. Tokyo, 1960.
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The three notes of the new series again featured Meiji-era cultural contributors: they placed the bacteriologist Noguchi Hideyo on the 1,000 and the woman novelist Higuchi Ichiyo on the 5,000, and they retained the philosopher and educator Fukuzawa Yukichi on the 10,000.
28) Meanwhile, the images of nonstate individuals on the recent notes include the philosopher and educator Fukuzawa Yukichi; the novelists Natsume Soseki, Higuchi Ichiyo, and Murasaki Shikibu; and the bacteriologist Noguchi Hideyo.
In the 2004 yen note series, apart from the 2,000 note, a woman now also appears on the 5,000 yen note: the nineteenth-century novelist Higuchi Ichiyo.
In 1981 Robert Lyons Danly combined a critical biography with translated stories to introduce a writer previously little known in the West, Higuchi Ichiyo, with the volume In the Shade of Spring Leaves.