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Time of 28 years old. From the complete works of Takiji Kobayasi volume 3(by Shin Nihon Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Takiji Kobayashi関連写真
Time of 28 years old. From the complete works of Takiji Kobayasi volume 3(by Shin Nihon Publishing Co., Ltd.)

Takiji Kobayashi

  • Biography
1903-1933. Born in Akita Prefecture. Graduate of Otaru Kosho (now Otaru University of Commerce). Takiji started writing when he was a student; he held great respect for Naoya Shiga. During his time with the Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, he was deeply into the trade union movement and socialism and was recognized as a proletariat writer for his work Kanikosen (The Crab Canning Boat) and Fuzai Jinushi (The Absent Landlord). He went to Tokyo after being fired from the bank, worked as the general secretary of the Japan Proletariat Writer’s League, and joined the Japanese Communist Party. On February 20, 1933, he was arrested for violating the Peace Prevention Law and was tortured and killed in Tsukiji Police Station the same day.

  • Association with Minato City
This proletariat writer continued with underground activities around Azabu Jubanchi.

Pursuing proletariat literature meant being chased by the special police force. With the serious crackdown on cultural organizations in 1932, Takiji became involved in underground activities. His hideouts were between Azabu, Jubanchi, and Roppongi. He started living with his new bride, Fujiko Ito, in a room in a small house in Shomyo Temple at Higashi-machi, Azabu Ward (now Minamiazabu 1-chome), and then moved to Shinami-cho, Azabu Ward. A coffee house in a fruit shop called Yamanakaya along Juban Street was where he secretly met with his mother, Seki, and brother Sango. His third hideout was a house in Sakurada-cho, Azabu Ward (now Nishiazabu 3-chome), but because Fujiko was apprehended at work as a result of police investigations, they moved to Shibuya Ward. A month later, Takiji was arrested in a safe house in Fukuyoshi-cho, Akasaka, and died a violent death. His book, based on his underground life, To Seikatsuha (Life of a Party Member) was released as his last work under another title Tenkan Jidai (Age of Change) by Chuo Koron. Naoya Shiga, who had a close friendship with Takiji, also wrote two letters addressed to him and a tribute to his memory addressed to his mother, Seki, in the first issue of Bunka Shudan.

Nihon Jinmei Daijiten (Japanese Biographical Dictionary) (Kodansha)
Concise Nihon Jinmei Jiten (Concise Japanese Biographical Dictionary) (Sanseido)

  • Literary Works
Kani Kosen - Fuzai Jinushi (The Crab Canning Boat - The Absent Landlord) (Shinnihon Shuppansha)
1928 March 15, Nihon Proletariat Sakka Sosho (March 15, 1928, Classics of Japanese Proletariat Writers) (Senkisha)
Kojo Saibo (Factory Cells) (Horupu Shuppan)
The Takiji (Daisan Shokan)
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Kobayashi Takiji-den (Biography of Takiji Kobayashi) (Minoru Kurata/Ronsosha)
Kobayashi Takiji no Hito to Bungaku (The Man Takiji Kobayashi and His Literature) (Eiichi Funo/Kanrin Shobo)
Seishun no Kobayashi Takiji (The Young Takiji Kobayashi) (Daisuke Tsuchii/Kowado)
Yomigaere Kobayashi Takiji - Shi to Essay (Takiji Kobayashi Alive - His Poems and Essays) (Daisuke Tsuchii/Shirakaba Bungakukan Takiji Library)
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