Akiko Baba

Akiko Baba (馬場 あき子, Baba Akiko) (born January 28, 1928) is a Japanese tanka poet and literary critic. She also has an interest in Noh drama, and her works have been performed at the National Theatre of Japan.[1] Heavenly Maiden Tanka is a collection of her poems translated by Hatsue Kawamura and Jane Reichhold.[2] She has won a number of prizes, including the 45th Yomiuri Prize[3] and the Asahi Prize.

Akiko Baba
Native name
馬場 あき子
Born (1928-01-28) 28 January 1928
Tokyo, Japan


  1. J. Thomas Rimer : The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature, Columbia University Press, 2011, ISBN 9780231157230, S. 686
  2. Burleigh, David (24 November 1999). "Ghostly tanka with a steely brightness – The Japan Times". The Japan Times.
  3. "読売文学賞" [Yomiuri Prize for Literature] (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
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