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Hideji Hōjō

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Native name  北条 秀司
Alma mater  Kansai University
Literary movement  Shimpa
Role  Author
Resting place  Kamakura
Occupation  Writer
Genre  stage plays
Name  Hideji Hojo
Education  Kansai University
Children  Michiru Hojo
Hideji Hojo
Born  November 7, 1902 Osaka, Japan (1902-11-07)
Notable awards  Shinchosha Prize (1941) Yomiuri Literary Award (1965) Kikuchi Kan Prize (1973) Otami Keijiro Prize (1987)
Died  May 19, 1996, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Movies  Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Te, Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Is
Similar People  Hiroshi Inagaki, Eiji Yoshikawa, Mariko Okada, Rentaro Mikuni, Toshiro Mifune

Hideji Hōjō (北条 秀司, Hōjō Hideji, November 7, 1902 - May 19, 1996), was the pen name of a Japanese author, novelist, and playwright in Shōwa period Japan. His real name was Iino Hideji (飯野 秀二)



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Born in Osaka and a graduate of Kansai University, Hōjō moved to Tokyo in 1926, and found employment with the Hakone Tozan Railway. In 1933, he quit his job to devote his attention to drama, becoming a student with Okamoto Kido and Hasegawa Shin. He became a leading member of the Shimpa modern drama movement in the 1930s.

During World War II, he was active in writing kokumingeki (government propaganda plays) such as "Tamna Tunnel", intended to help the war effort.

Hōjō was author of more than 200 plays and the leader of commercial theatre in Japan after World War II, working in a wide range of genre, from kabuki, to shimpa and Takarazuka Revues. In "Behind the Flower Garden" in 1960, he wrote a play in which actor Shotaro Hanayagi had to play both the male and female leads.

His psychological dramas about average citizens appealed to mainstream audiences. He is especially known for his screenplay adaptations of “Miyamoto Musashi”, “Genji Monogatari”, and many other historical dramas.

Hōjō was awarded numerous literary awards in his career, including the Shinchosha Prize, the Yomiuri Literary Award and the Kikuchi Kan Prize. In 1987, he was designated a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government.

His grave is at the temple Ryuho-ji in Ofuna, Kamakura, where he lived for many years.


  • Koi sugata kitsune goten (恋すがた狐御殿) (1956) - writer
  • References

    Hideji Hōjō Wikipedia

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