(pseudonym of Shigeyuki). Born July 23, 1867, in Tokyo; died there July 30, 1947. Japanese writer.
Koda grew up in a religious family. His first novellas were Drops of Dew (1888) and The Statue of Buddha (1889). His works are constructed around the image of a lonely artist who is in love with his art and indifferent toward fame, for example, The Pagoda (1891). Later realistic tendencies appeared in Koda’s works, such as The Graceful Little Idol (1893–95) and Heaven-striking Waves (1903), but a romantic apprehension of reality and mysticism and idealism remained his main characteristics.
REFERENCESIstoriia sovremennoi iaponskoi literatury. Moscow, 1961. (Translated from Japanese.)
Grigor’eva, T., and V. Logunova. Iaponskaia literaturea, Moscow, 1964.