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Shuntaro Tanikawa

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Shuntarō Tanikawa (谷川 俊太郎, Tanikawa Shuntarō?) (born December 15, 1931 in Tokyo City, Japan) is a Japanese poet and translator. He is one of the most widely read and highly regarded of living Japanese poets, both in Japan and abroad, and a frequent subject of speculations regarding the Nobel Prize in Literature. Severa...

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Tanikawa has written more than sixty books of poetry in addition to translating Charles Schulz's Peanuts and the Mother Goose rhymes into Japanese. He has been nominated for the 2008 Hans Christian Anderson Award for his contributions to children's literature. He also helped translate "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni into Japanese. Among his contribution to less conventional art genres is his open video-correspondence with Shuji Terayama (Video Letter, 1983).

He has collaborated several times with the celebrated lyricist, Chris Mosdell, including creating a deck of cards created in the omikuji fortune-telling tradition of Shinto shrines, entitled The Oracles of Distraction. Tanikawa also co-wrote Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad and wrote the lyrics to the theme song of Howl's Moving Castle.

He is featured extensively as an interview subject, as well as reading from his poetry, in the 2009 documentary film about lyricist and collaborator Chris Mosdell entitled Ink Music: In the Land of the Hundred-Tongued Lyricist.

Philosopher Tetsuzo Tanikawa (谷川 徹三) is his father.