Foumiko Kometani

Foumiko Kometani was born in Osaka in 1930 and studied to be a painter before emigrating to the United States in 1960. She became a writer in her late 40s, and has since written 16 books and has won Japan's most prestigious literary prizes, including two Shinjinsho Prizes, the Akutagawa Prize, and Women's Literature Prize. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband, the writer Josh Greenfeld.