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Ariake Kambara関連写真

Ariake Kambara

  • Biography
1876-1952. Poet. Although Kambara won a prize for his novel Daijihi (Great Mercy) in the Yomiuri Shimbun (newspaper) literary contest, he later devoted himself to writing poems because he felt that he had limitations as a writer of novels. From 1902, he wrote books of poems, such as Kusa Wakaba (Fresh Leaves) and Shunchoshu (Spring Bird Collection), and established a symbolic style. He eventually lagged behind the times, resulting from the emergence of the new freestyle movement, but in 1947 he was again in the limelight with the publication of his autobiographical novel, Yume wa yobi kawasu (Dreams Call On).

  • Association with Minato City
Served as the manager of Ryudokai (Writer’s salon) and became the steward of the salon

In November 1904, Ryudokai began as young writers merged with a salon of painters that was organized by the art critic Toru Iwamura at the French restaurant Ryudoken in Ryudo-cho, Azabu. Kambara and Iwamura were friends, and Kambara also became acquainted with novelists, such as Katai Tayama, in his work as manager of the Ryudoken..

Literary magnates of the times, such as Doppo Kukinida, Katai Tayama, Toson Shimazaki, Hakucho Masamune, and Shusei Tokuda, joined Ryudokai and exchanged dialogues on art. The playwright Kaoru Osanai describes in Dai Tokyo Hanjoki (Great Tokyo Prosperity Journal) that Ryudokai embraced all schools of writing, including Waseda, Akamon, Bungakukai, and Kenyusha.

Nihon Jinmei Daijiten (Japanese Biographical Dictionary) (Kodansha)
Yume wa yobikawasu (Dreams Call On) (Ariake Kambara / Iwanami Bunko)
Sakka no rinju - Bohi Jiten (The Last Hours of Writers - Tombstone Dictionary) (Edited by Hiroshi Iwai /Tokyodo Shuppan)
Bungaku Sanpo Tokyo (Tokyo Literary Walks) (Toji Shobo)

  • Walking Points
Tomb of Ariake Kambara (Kenso Temple, 1-2-12, Motoazabu)
Signpost for the site of Ryudoken (7-4-4, Roppongi)

  • Literary Works
Gendaishi Bunko - Kambara Ariake Shishu (Book of Modern Poetry - Ariake Kambara Collection) (Shichosha)
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  • Related Publications
Bocchan no jidai (Bocchan’s Times) (Natsuo Sekikawa, Jiro Taniguchi / Futabasha)
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