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Hiroko Oyamada (小山田 浩子, Oyamada Hiroko, born 1983) is a Japanese writer. She has won the Shincho Prize for New Writers, the Oda Sakunosuke Prize, and the Akutagawa Prize.

Hiroko Oyamada
Native name
小山田 浩子
Born1983 (age 35–36)
Hiroshima, Japan
Alma materHiroshima University
GenreFiction, short story
Notable works
  • Ana
  • Kōjō
Notable awards



Oyamada was born in Hiroshima and remained there throughout her school years, eventually graduating from Hiroshima University in 2006 with a degree in Japanese literature.[1][2] After graduation Oyamada changed jobs three times in five years, an experience that inspired her debut story "Kōjō" ("Factory""), which received the 42nd Shincho Prize for New Writers in 2010.[3] After her debut Oyamada worked a part-time editorial job at a local magazine, but quit after marrying a co-worker.[4]

In 2013 Oyamada won the 30th Oda Sakunosuke Prize for a short story collection containing "Kōjō" as the title story.[5] Later that year Oyamada's novella Ana (Hole), about a woman who falls into a hole, was published in the literary magazine Shinchō.[6] Ana won the 150th Akutagawa Prize.[7] One of the Akutagawa Prize judges, author Hiromi Kawakami, commended Oyamada's ability to write about "fantasy in a reality setting."[8] In 2014 Oyamada received the 5th Hiroshima Cultural Newcomer Award for her cultural contributions.[9] In 2018 Oyamada's third book, a short story collection called Niwa (Garden), was published by Shinchosha.[10][11]

Oyamada has cited Franz Kafka and Mario Vargas Llosa as literary influences.[12][4] In his review of Granta's special issue on Japanese literature, James Hadfield of The Japan Times compared Oyamada's writing to that of Yōko Ogawa and said that her work "suggests good things to come from this promising young writer."[13]

Oyamada lives in Hiroshima with her husband and daughter.[12]



Books in JapaneseEdit

  • Kōjō (Factory), Shinchosha, 2013, ISBN 9784103336419
  • Ana (Hole), Shinchosha, 2014, ISBN 9784103336426
  • Niwa (Garden), Shinchosha, 2018, ISBN 9784103336433

Selected work in EnglishEdit

  • "Spider Lilies", trans. Juliet Winters Carpenter, Granta 127, 2014[16]


  1. ^ "文学部卒業生の小山田浩子さんが、「新潮」新人賞を受賞しました" (in Japanese). Hiroshima University. January 19, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "第150回「芥川賞」は小山田浩子氏の『穴』 「直木賞」は朝井まかて氏と姫野カオルコ氏". Oricon News (in Japanese). January 16, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "【第42回新潮新人賞 受賞者インタビュー】" (in Japanese). Shinchosha. November 1, 2010. Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b 瀧井, 朝世. "作家の読書道". WEB本の雑誌 (in Japanese). Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Authors: Hiroko Oyamada". Books From Japan. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "第150回『芥川賞』に小山田浩子、『直木賞』に朝井まかて&姫野カオルコ". (in Japanese). January 16, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Literature prizes elevate women". The Japan Times. January 25, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Three women win Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards". The Japan Times. January 17, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "第5回広島文化賞新人賞" (in Japanese). 公益財団法人ひろしま文化振興財団. November 1, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  10. ^ 瀧井, 朝世 (April 24, 2018). "芥川賞作家・小山田浩子が「フェティッシュ的に好き」なものって?". an an (in Japanese). Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  11. ^ 大竹, 昭子 (May 30, 2018). "作家・大竹昭子氏が読む『庭』(小山田浩子著)凝視が異界を立ち上げる". Sankei News (in Japanese). Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "小山田浩子さん「頭真っ白、ふわふわしてる」電話で". Sankei News (in Japanese). January 16, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Hadfield, James (April 26, 2014). "'Granta' opens a window into Japanese literature". The Japan Times. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "これまでの織田作之助賞受賞作一覧 1984~2013 年" (PDF). 大阪文学振興会 (Osaka Literature Promotion Institute) (in Japanese). Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "芥川賞受賞者一覧" (in Japanese). 日本文学振興会. January 1, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  16. ^ Oyamada, Hiroko (April 24, 2014). "Spider Lilies". Translated by Winters Carpenter, Juliet. Retrieved July 13, 2018.