Nanae Aoyama (青山七恵, born January 20, 1983) is a Japanese fiction writer. She studied at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, and later moved to Tokyo. Her literary debut was Mado no Akari ("Light of Windows)" in 2005, winning the Bungei Prize. Aoyama was awarded the 136th Akutagawa Prize for promising new writers of serious fiction (2006) for her novel Hitori Biyori (ひとり日和, "Being Alone").[1] The principal theme in the novel is the so-called freeters in Japan, the millions of young part-time workers, or jobless people prepared to do part-time work.[2]


  1. "Akutagawa Prize awarded to Nanae Aoyama"Tokyograph (January 17, 2007) (Retrieved on January 27, 2008)
  2. Yoko Hani: "NANAE AOYAMA – Office worker takes exalted literary status in her stride"The Japan Times (March 4, 2007) (Retrieved on January 27, 2008)


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