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Kafu Nagai
Kafu Nagai (1879~1959) was born in Tokyo. He entered School of Foreign Languages (present Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) to study Chinese. Between 1903 and 1908, he travelled to America and France, and published America Monogatari (American Stories) and France Monogatari (French Stories) on his return. Although the latter was banned, he attracted attention in the literary world. In 1910, he became a professor at Keio University, and set up a literary magazine Mita Bungaku. About the same time, he frequent visited Geisha, and then wrote Udekurabe (Rivalry: A Geisha's Tale) and Bokuto Kidan (A Strange Tale from East of the River). In 1962, he received the Order of Culture.