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Name: Kenji Miyazawa  
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Date of Birth: 27th August 1896
Place of Birth: Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Profession: Writer
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Miyazawa Kenji (宮沢 賢治 Miyazawa Kenji, August 27, 1896 - September 21, 1933) was a Japanese poet and author of children's literature.

Miyazawa was born in Hanamaki city, Iwate Prefecture, where he studied and taught agricultural science at Hanamaki Agricultural High School (花巻農業高校). He loved his native province, and Ihatov (or Ihatovo), the name of the fictional location that appeared in his works, was constructed from the name Iwate (Ihate in the older spelling) in a manner similar to Esperanto. A collection of free-verse poems (Haru to Shura - 春と修羅 - Spring and Asura) and a collection of children's stories and fairy tales (Chūmon no Ōi Ryōriten - 注文の多い料理店 - The Restaurant of Many Orders) were his only works published before his death besides tanka published in local magazines. After he died many more of his works were discovered and subsequently published.

Miyazawa was influenced by Buddhism, the Lotus Sutra in particular. His devotion and self-sacrificing personality are said to be strongly influenced by these factors.

It may also be noted that Miyazawa had at least a passing interest in Esperanto. This interest is paid tribute to in the 1985 anime adaption of Ginga tetsudō no yoru (Night on the Galactic Railroad), in which all signs in Giovanni and Campanella's world are written in Esperanto, as well as the written language of the "cats".

In addition to the works mentioned above, Miyazawa's major works also include:

  • Gingatetsudō no Yoru
  • Kazeno Matasaburo

and the poem defining the Japanese ideal,

  • Ame ni mo Makezu

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