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Mutsuo Takahashi
(1937 - living) Japan

Mutsuo Takahashi

Poet and dramatist


Born in Kitakyushu, Mutsuo graduated at Fukuoka University of Education. He socialized with and learned from liberal arts leaders while working for an advertisement production company in Tokyo.

He is Japan's foremost gay poet, and has published many books of poetry, including three collections of haiku, three collections of tanka, as well as books of essays and a novel. His genre-straddling activities include the creation of modern & traditional poems and novels as well as stage scripts for Noh and Kyogen plays.

He frequently joins recital festivals in and out of Japan and is currently planning to share his series of essays about houses and gardens from his seaside residence in Shonan Zushi in Kanagawa prefecture.

He won the National Prize of Literature in 1988 and was awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2000. His work has been translated into many languages. Hiroaki Sato translated in English the three books here under.


When a man touches the penis of another man...
held down
in my hands,
you bounce
(from 'Ode' in Poems of a Penisist)

jinrui no
tasogare-doki o
of humankind
the time of twilight -
distant frogs!



  • Poems of a Penisist (1975)
  • A Bunch of Keys (1984,)
  • Sleeping Sinning Falling (1993)
  • Yominaoshi Nihon bungakushi (A Revisionist History of Japanese Literature)
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