Uno Chiyo

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Uno Chiyo ( Japanese 宇 野 千代 ; born November 28, 1897 in Iwakuni , Yamaguchi Prefecture , Japan ; † June 10, 1996 in Tokyo , Japan) was a Japanese writer and fashion designer.


Uno's mother died when she was two years old. A year after the mother's death, the father remarried. When her father also died in 1913, she had the opportunity to read the books and magazines (including the feminist journal Seitō ) that her father had previously forbidden, and to dress more eccentrically.

She began her literary career in the early 1920s. Her relationship with the painter Tōgō Seiji had an influence on her writing style in the 1930s, which from then on became "more western". In 1936 she founded the fashion magazine Style ( ス タ イ ル , Sutairu ). During the Second World War , she brought out a book written in letter form that describes a woman's longing for her husband, who has to serve as a soldier. The book became a bestseller among Japanese women.

Style was discontinued by the government during World War II to save paper. When the magazine was republished in 1946, it became a great success. Uno was also successful with the sale of self-made kimonos . As a result of this work she largely neglected her literary career, but in 1957 the novel Ohan appeared , on which she had worked for ten years. For this she received the Noma Literature Prize together with Enchi Fumiko in the same year . From 1963 to 1966 she worked on the book Sasu .

After she had largely withdrawn from social life in the mid-1960s, she won several prizes in the 1970s, including the Geijutsuin Prize in April 1972 and the Order of the Sacred Treasure 3rd class in 1974 . In the following years several new editions of her works came out and in 1984 Ohan was made into a film.

Uno died in 1996 at the age of 98.

Works (selection)

  • Iro pliers ( 色 ざ ん げ ), 1933–1935.
  • Ohan ( お は ん ), 1947–1957
    • German: Ohan - The love of a woman . Translated from the Japanese by Martina Ebi. Angkor Verlag 2010. ISBN 978-3-936018-78-3 .
  • Sasu ( 刺 す ), 1963-1966
  • Aru Hitori no Onna no Hanashi ( 或 る 一 人 の 女 の 話 ), 1971.
  • Ame no oto ( 雨 の 音 ), 1974
  • The right moment (narration), in: Blossoms in the Wind . Edition Erdmann 1981. ISBN 3-88639-506-5
  • Glück (narration), in: Explorations . Volk & Welt 1989. ISBN 3-353-00581-1
  • Too brightly made-up (narration), in: ... because it was just spring: cheerful and ironic from Japan . Iudicium 2002. ISBN 3891290527


  • Rebecca L. Copeland: The Sound of the Wind. The Life and Works of Uno Chiyo . University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 1992, ISBN 0-8248-1409-6 ( ).

Individual evidence

  1. Copeland, p. 78

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