Shuntarō Tanikawa

(born December 15, 1931) is a Japanese poet and translator. He is one of the most widely read and highly regarded of living Japanese poets, both in Japan and abroad, and a frequent subject of speculations regarding the Nobel Prize in Literature. Several of his collections, including his selected works, have been translated into English, and his Floating the River in Melancholy, translated by William I. Eliot and Kazuo Kawamura, won the American Book Award in 1989. Tanikawa has written more than sixty books of poetry in addition to translating Charles Schulz's Peanuts and the Mother Goose rhymes into Japanese. Tanikawa also co-wrote Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad and wrote the lyrics to the theme song of Howl's Moving Castle. He has been nominated for the 2008 Hans Christian Anderson Award for his contributions to children's literature.


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