Alan Suemori
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

In 1962, Charles Tuttle of Tökyö published a remarkable anthology of Japanese short fiction that quickly became a much-beloved classic around the world. Edited by Ivan Morris of Columbia University, “Modern Japanese Short Stories” spotlighted 25 20th-century authors whose writing had blossomed between 1910 and 1954. Morris had already done pioneering work translating the novels of Yukio Mishima and Shohei Ooka, but it would be this collection of contemporary prose that would cement his literary reputation.

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