Jun Kawada - Biography

Biography

Kawada was born in the plebian Asakusa district of Tokyo as the third son of noted Chinese literature scholar Kawada Oko. He graduated from the Law School of Tokyo Imperial University with a degree in political science in 1907. On graduation, he obtained a job at the headquarters of the Sumitomo zaibatsu.

He wrote a modern translation to the poetry classic Shin Kokin Wakashū, and was active in submitting poetry to various literary magazines. He considered himself to be a disciple of the noted poet Sasaki Nobutsuna. In 1942, he was nominated to the Imperial Academy of the Arts. He was known for his prolific production of poetry on patriotic themes during World War II.

After the war, Kawada was responsible for organizing the annual New Year Poetry Reading ceremony at the Imperial Palace, and as poet laureate he was the selector of the poems to be read by the Crown Prince.

His grave is at the temple of Tokei-ji in Kamakura, Kanagawa.

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