Kyūsaku Yumeno

Kyūsaku Yumeno, which translates roughly to “a field where dreams are always growing,” was the pen name of the Japanese writer Taidō Sugiyama (b. 1889). Notorious in Japan for unusual, often downright bizarre detective stories, Yumeno is famous as one of Japan’s first avant-garde writers and as a product of the rapid modernization and westernization of the Taishō era (1912–26). His magnum opus, the experimental mystery Dogura Magura, was adapted for film in the late 1980s. He died suddenly at the age of forty-seven in 1936.

  • A Tokyo sunrise, the city bathed in dust
    December 20, 2018 | Kyūsaku Yumeno
    “Yellow Dust,” Tokyo, 2009 / Photo by OiMax / Flickr In this short essay, one of Japan’s early avant-garde writers turns his attention to dust, asking, “Just what kind of game are you playing?”...

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