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Mariko Asabuki

Mariko Asabuki (朝吹 真理子, Asabuki Mariko) is a Japanese writer. Her novels have won the Akutagawa Prize and the Bunkamura Deux Magots Prize, and she was named one of Vogue Japan's 2011 Women of the Year.


Asabuki was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan, into a literary family that has lived in Tokyo since the Meiji period. Her father, Ryoji Asabuki, is a poet, and several other relatives are literary scholars and translators. Asabuki started writing stories at the age of 3. She attended an all-girls high school in Tokyo.

Asabuki entered graduate school at Keio University to study modern kabuki. In 2009 her first novel, Ryūseki (Ruins), was published in the literary magazine Shinchō. In the following year Ryūseki won the Bunkamura Deux Magots Prize and was published in book form by Shinchosha. In 2011, while Asabuki was still a Keio University graduate student, her second novel, titled Kikotowa, was published. Kikotowa won the 144th Akutagawa Prize, and Vogue Japan named Asabuki one of its 2011 Women of the Year. She later completed a master's degree. In 2016 she began serializing a new novel, titled TIMELESS, in Shinchō. From 2016 to 2017 Asabuki wrote the regular "#明日何着よう" ("What Should I Wear Tomorrow?) column for Asahi Shimbun. In 2018 Shinchosha published TIMELESS as a book.

Asabuki regularly collaborates with other writers, artists, and musicians to create site-specific multimedia performances using readings from her work. She has cited Kenzaburo Oe, James Joyce, Mieko Kanai, and Roland Barthes as some of her favorite writers. Asabuki is a fan of shogi. She is married to designer Kōtarō Watanabe.

Awards and honors

  • 2010 Bunkamura Deux Magots Prize
  • 2011 Vogue Japan Woman of the Year
  • 2011 144th Akutagawa Prize (2010下)


  • 流跡 (Ryūseki), Shinchosha, 2010, ISBN 9784103284611
  • きことわ (Kikotowa), Shinchosha, 2011, ISBN 9784103284628
  • TIMELESS, Shinchosha, 2018, ISBN 9784103284635


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