Born: January 12, 1896, Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Died: July 11, 1973, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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Buried: Kamakura-gu (shrine), Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, Plot: Her grave is at the temple of Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, behind the famous Kamakura Daibutsu.
Nobuko Yoshiya was a Japanese novelist active in Taishō and Showa period of Japan. She was one of modern Japan's most commercially successful and prolific writers, specializing in serialized romance novels and adolescent girls’ fiction, as well as a pioneer in Japanese lesbian literature, including the Class S genre. Several of her stories have been made into films. On January 1923, Yoshiya met Monma Chiyo, a mathematics teacher at girls' school in Tokyo. They would go on to have a same-sex relationship for over 50 years. Unlike many Japanese public persona, she was not reticent about revealing details of her personal life through photographs, personal essays and magazine interviews. In 1957, Yoshiya adopted Monma as her daughter, the only legal way for lesbians to share property and make medical decisions for each other. They both traveled together to Manchuria, the Soviet Union, stayed for a year in Paris and then returned via the United States to Japan from 1927-1928. In the late 1930s, they also visited the Netherlands East Indies and French Indochina.
Together from 1923 to 1973: 50 years.
Nobuko Yoshiya (January 12, 1896 – July 11, 1973)
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