The author Akiyuki Nosaka, whose novel Grave of the Fireflies won the Naoki Prize in 1967, passed away on December 9th, aged 85. When his wife found him unconscious in his home, where he had been receiving nursing care, he was rushed to hospital, but having been found after 9pm, he was pronounced dead at 10:30pm.
Nosaka’s Grave of the Fireflies, which in 1988 was adapted into Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s celebrated anime movie of the same name, was based on his own post-war experiences. It was during this time his younger sister lost her life to sickness, after his adoptive father had died in the bombing of Kobe in World War II. As well as the Ghibli movie, this novel inspired a live-action TV special in 2005, and in the same year it won the Naoki Prize, Japan’s most acclaimed literary award, his novel American Hijiki was also named a winner.
He will be remembered for his shattering, heartfelt tales of the horrors of war. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.
Source: Sankei News