Bewildering Stories biography
Naoko Awa was born in Tokyo and, while growing up, lived in different parts of Japan. As a child, she read fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Wilhelm Hauff, as well as The Arabian Nights.
In 1962, while still in college, she made her literary debut in the magazine Mejiro jido bungaku. In 1965, she earned a bachelor's degree in Japanese literature from Japan Women's University.
During a literary career that spanned three decades, she published numerous books, including Mahō kakerareta shita (1971), Kaze to ki no uta (1972), Tōi nobara no mura (1981), Kaze no rōrā sukēto (1984), and Hanamame no nieru made (1993).
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