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Mieko Kawakami

Meet the rising author who already longs for obsolescence.
Words by Selena Hoy. Photograph by Jun Yasui. Makeup by Mieko Yoshioka.

Mieko Kawakami is pictured at the Edo-Tokyo Museum—a museum dedicated to exploring the history of Tokyo during the Edo (or Tokugawa) period from 1603 to 1868, commonly considered the last epoch of traditional Japan.

Meet the rising author who already longs for obsolescence.
Words by Selena Hoy. Photograph by Jun Yasui. Makeup by Mieko Yoshioka.

Mieko Kawakami writes about women and gender, but she wishes society would progress to a point where she didn’t have to. In 2008 she won the Akutagawa Prize, arguably Japan’s most prestigious literary award, for her novella Chichi to Ran, or Breasts and Eggs, which explores body image in modern Japan through the relationships between a girl, her mother and her aunt. Kawakami expanded the story into a novel, which will be published in English by Picador in spring 2020.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five

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