Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Japanese Literature : Seishi Yokomizo – Part 1 –

Date Published: Last Update:2015/01/19 Entertainment , , , , ,

In my post Fukiya village (3), I wrote that the former Hirokane residence was chosen as a location for the “Yatsuhaka-mura” film twice.
The original novel was written by the late Seishi Yokomizo, who is still one of the most famous mystery writers in Japan.

Seishi Yokomizo was born in Hyougo prefecture, which is next to Okayama, in 1902.
His mother died when he was five, and his father got remarried the following year.
In 1921, he participated in a prize story competition on a mazagine and won the first place.
Since then, he wrote more than 600 long and short stories until he died in 1981.

I’ve only read one novel, but I’ve read a few comics and seen several films based on his stories.
My impression to his stories is that they are occult-tasted like John Dickson Carr.
In fact, Yokomizo had read many J. D. Carr’s stories, and “Yoru aruku” (literal translation: “Walk in the night”), the title of the only book I read, is the same title for the Japanese translation of “It walks by night” by Carr.

Yoru Aruku

- "Yoru Aruku" by Seishi Yokomizo -

Yoru Aruku by Carr

- "Yoru Aruku" (It walks by night) by J. D. Carr -

However, I didn’t feel these two were similar except the victims’ decapitated bodies, and according to Yokomizo himself, he got the idea of this story from the novel “The case of the sleepwalker’s niece” by E. S. Gardner.
(There are sleepwalkers in Yokomizo’s “Yoru aruku”.)

Muyuubyousha no mei

- "Muyuubyousha no mei" (The case of the sleepwalker's niece) by E. S. Gardner -

Yokomizo and Okayama prefecture

His birth parents and his step-mother were from Okayama.
He fled to Okayama with his family in April 1945, just before the end of the war, and stayed there for about 3 years and half.
His evacuation home is now open to public from 10:00 to 16:00 for free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Yokomizo-related items are displayed in a town history museum nearby too.
Opening hours are the same as the evacuation home and no admission fee needed.

[Directions from the museum to Yokomizo’s evacuation home]

Also, there is a walking tour called “Sen-nin no Kindaichi Kousuke”, Thousand Kousuke Kindaichi.
(“Kousuke Kindaichi” is the private detective created by Yokomizo.)
All the participants should dress like Kindaichi (or anyone in Yokomizo’s works or any of fictional great sleuths) and visit Kindaichi-related places.
It’s probably being held once a year, and the latest one was the sixth tour, on Nov. 22 in 2014.
According to the official website (Japanese page), this time they walked around the places related to “Honjin Satsujin Jiken” (The Case of The Honjin Murder), the novel Kindaichi first appeared.

Some of Yokomizo’s best-known works were written and/or set in Okayama, including “Honjin Satsujin Jiken”(1946), “Gokumon-tou”(1947) and “Yatsuhaka-mura”(1949).
At the first parts of “Yatsuhaka-mura”, he used a spree killing known as “Tsuyama massacre” as a motif.

-Tsuyama massacre-
Occurred in Okayama prefecture bvon May 21 of 1938.
A 22 year-old man committed suicide after he killed 30 people and injured 3 in about two hours.

Yatsuhaka-mura book

- "Yatsuhaka-mura" (The eight-grave village) -

Yokomizo had created several characters, and among all, “Kousuke Kindaichi” is definitely the most poplular.
In a Japanese manga “Kindaichi-shounen no jiken-bo” (“Kindaichi Case Files”), a main character called “Hajime Kindaichi” appears as a grandson of him. *
When he comes across a murder case, he always swears he will solve the mystery with the phrase “In the name of my grandpa!”

*This is well-known setting, but it’s not officially admitted by Yokomizo’s side.
Kousuke never got married in his original novels let alone had got any children, and the creators of the manga didn’t bother to get permission from Yokomizo’s family.
So, you can say Hajime is just a self-claimed grandson.

In the next post, I’m going to write about his characteristics and a little bit of other detectives created by Yokomizo.


Related posts:
#Seishi Yokomizo (2)

The following two tabs change content below.


A Japanese living in Okayama. A proud "Otaku"! Loves animals, snacks, manga, games (PC, iPad, Nintendo DS, PSP), foreign TV dramas, traveling and football (soccer).

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:


2D Adrenaline Rush: Sports Anime 2

Japan is a sporty country. Sporty in the sense that almost known sports have followers in the country. Continuing our quest to put into list some sports that are made into animes are baseball and boxing. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts harorudo Latest posts by harorudo (see all) Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through […]

Read Article


Around the Web: April Fools’ Day in Japan

Yesterday was April 1 which is celebrated as April Fools’ Day. It is the day where people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. April Fools’ Day in Japan before, is not that well observed. Thanks to the advent of technology, every April Fools’ Day in Japan is a day to look forward for pranks […]

Read Article


Kawasaki Halloween 2014

October’s about to end in few days and that means Halloween parties are held in different parts of the world. Spooky stories and scary costumes are what Halloween is synonymous to nowadays. Halloween in Japan, though not celebrated for tradition, is loved by many Japanese people. Last October 26, the biggest Halloween event in Kanto […]

Read Article

One Piece grand Arena Tour Entrance

One Piece Grand Arena Tour

Kaizokuou ni Ore wa Naru! (I’m going to be the pirate king!) is the battle cry of the protagonist of the manga/anime series, One Piece. Finding the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure out there for pirates, is what this series is about. But it does not mean the story is just all […]

Read Article

Juventus lounge "Drink ticket"

Go west : Juventus Lounge in Hakata, Fukuoka

At first, I’ve got to say that this post has got nothing to do with Hakata. If you are not interested in the Italian football (soccer) team “Juventus”, this is not for you. Italian Serie A is my favourite football league. I even went to see football matches a few times during my travel in […]

Read Article

Cascading water

Kyoto: Strolling around Kamogawa River and iconic Gion

After enjoying our morning hunt for momiji leaves (we enjoyed it so much that we did not realize that we have walked for more than two hours), we decided to take a short break before we continue our hunting trip. I know Kyoto is one of the best places to enjoy Japanese cuisine but we […]

Read Article


Night Art Aquarium: Dance of a Goldfish

My visit to Japan would not be complete without traveling to the city of Kyoto. I have been there so many times before that one might wonder what is there more to see? This time around I came to see not the cherry blossoms, the temples, nor the momiji leaves that where in season (though […]

Read Article

school rumble manga cover

Anime: Please give us more episodes!

Have you ever tried watching a movie that didn’t have a clear ending? Have you ever tried listening to someone’s story, only to stop half way through? Does it bother you? In this post, I’ll share some anime flicks that I wish would continue and give us a last episode. Warning! Spoiler Alert. List of […]

Read Article


Loving the Karaoke The World Over

Who has not heard about karaoke? No matter where you are, how old you are, what country you are from, I am sure you have heard of this and most likely have taken part in this social gathering of sort. Karaoke is truly one of the best invention Japan has given the world. Back in my […]

Read Article


Kyoto: Night Illumination Kiyomizudera

After that nice city stroll, the hunt was on again – the hunt for autumn foliage that is. Earlier that day we started our hunt at northwest part of Kyoto (Kagamiishi Dori) where we found beautiful concentrations of momiji foliage. This time we were set to see one of the best night illuminations in one […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+