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Kuniko Mukōda 向田 邦子 Mukōda Kuniko, November 28, 1929 - August 22, 1981) was a famous Japanese TV screenwriter who was said to have written more than 1000 stories in 20 years, most of which focus on day-to-day family life and relationships. She was also awarded the middle-brow Naoki Prize for her short stories "Hanano Namae", "Kawauso" and "Inugoya" (1980).


Mukōda was born in Tokyo, and moved around Japan in her early life due to her father's job. After she graduated from Jissen Women's College (Jissen Women's University), she got a job at Ondori Company, a film publicity company, in 1952. In 1960, she left the company and became a screenwriter and radiowriter. On August 22, 1981, she died on Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103 when it crashed in Taiwan.

Some of her Short Stories include:

  • The Name of The Flower
  • Small Change
  • I Doubt It
  • The Otter
  • Manhattan
  • Beef Shoulder
  • The Doghouse
  • The Fake Egg
  • Triangular Chop
  • Mr. Carp
  • Ears
  • Half-Moon
  • The Window
  • Meeting Again

Further reading

  • "Meeting Again" 再会 (Saikai) in Tokyo Stories: A Literary Stroll, Lawrence Rogers (ed.), University of California Press, 2002

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