Kunio Kishida

Japanese writer
In this Japanese name, the family name is Kishida.

Kunio Kishida (岸田 國士, Kishida Kunio, 2 November 1890 – 5 March 1954) was a Japanese dramatist and writer. He is known as one of the founders of modern Japanese drama.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Kishida studied French literature and modern drama at Tokyo Imperial University. In 1920, he went to Paris and studied the history of French drama.


In the 1920s, Kishida wrote dramas and novels.

In 1937, he founded the Literature Theatre Company (Bungaku-za).

His name was given to the most famous prize for drama in Japan—the annual Kunio Kishida Award (Kishida Kunio Gikyoku-shô).

Major worksEdit


  • Old Toys (1924)
  • Autumn in Tirol (1924)
  • Paper Balloon (1926)[1]
  • The Shower (1926)
  • Diary of Falling Leaves (1927)
  • Two Daughters of Mr. Sawa (1935)
  • A Warm Current (1943)
  • Hayamizu Girls School (1948)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kalb, Jonathan. "Western Drama With a Japanese Accent," New York Times, May 17, 2005; retrieved 2012-4-11.

Further readingEdit

  • Rimer, J. Thomas. (1974). Toward a modern Japanese theatre: Kishida Kunio. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691062495