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 was a [[Japan|Japanese]] novelist and poet of [[children's literature]] from [[Hanamaki, Iwate]], in the late [[Taishō]] and early [[Shōwa (1926–1989)|Shōwa periods]]. He was also known as an agricultural science teacher, a [[vegetarianism|vegetarian]], [[cello|cellist]], devout Buddhist, and utopian [[social activist]].<ref name="Curley" >Curley, Melissa Anne-Marie, "Fruit, Fossils, Footprints: Cathecting Utopia in the Work of Miyazawa Kenji", in Daniel Boscaljon (ed.), [ ''Hope and the Longing for Utopia: Futures and Illusions in Theology and Narrative''], James Clarke & Co./ /Lutterworth Press 2015. pp.96–118, p.96.</ref>

Some of his major works include Night on the Galactic Railroad, Kaze no Matasaburō, Gauche the Cellist, and The Night of Taneyamagahara. Miyazawa converted to Nichiren Buddhism after reading the Lotus Sutra, and joined the Kokuchūkai, a Nichiren Buddhist organization. His religious and social beliefs created a rift between him and his wealthy family, especially his father, though after his death his family eventually followed him in converting to Nichiren Buddhism. Miyazawa founded the Rasu Farmers Association to improve the lives of peasants in Iwate Prefecture. He was also a speaker of Esperanto and translated some of his poems into that language.Click here to see the full biography
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