Yasutaka Tsutsui

Yasutaka Tsutsui
Born (1934-09-24) September 24, 1934
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Author
Nationality Japanese
Genre Science fiction
Notable works The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Gaspard in the Morning
Notable awards 1987 Tanizaki Prize for Yumenokizaka bunkiten
1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award

Yasutaka Tsutsui (筒井 康隆 Tsutsui Yasutaka, born September 24, 1934 in Osaka) is a Japanese novelist, science fiction author, and actor. His Yumenokizaka bunkiten won the Tanizaki Prize in 1987. He has also won the 1981 Izumi Kyoka award, the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari award, and the 1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award.[1]

Writing style

His work is known for its dark humour and satirical content. He has often satirized Japanese taboos such as disabilities and the Tenno system, and has been victim to much criticism as a result. His works are seen as the basis for Japan's postmodern science fiction. Features of his work include psychoanalysis and surrealism, which were themes of his 1957 master's thesis. He has dealt with themes such as time travel in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (1965), a massively multiplayer online game's virtual world in Gaspard in the Morning (1992), and dream worlds in Paprika (1993).[2]


One of his first novels, Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (1967), has been adapted into numerous media including film, television and manga. Another novel, Paprika (1993), was adapted into an animated film by the director Satoshi Kon in 2006.

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, a collection of Tsutsui's short stories translated by Andrew Driver, was published by Alma Books (UK) in October 2006 and again by Pantheon Books (USA) in 2008.

Tsutsui's novel Hell, translated by Evan Emswiler, was published by Alma Books in October 2007.

The novel Paprika, translated by Andrew Driver, was published by Alma Books in April 2009.


Besides numerous film and TV acting credits, Yasutaka Tsutsui has published dozens of novels and short story collections in Japan.


Nanase Trilogy

Standalone novels

Short stories (collections)


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