Recently the Yomiuri News on-line reported the following:
Twenty two items belonged to writer Dazaiosamu (1909 - 48), who was known for "No Longer Human" and "A Declining Sun" etc, including a diary and notes written during the high school days at a old-system junior high school, were presented to the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature in Meguro-ku, Tokyo; the museum announced this officially on the 10th.
Although the existence of these notes might have been known to some researchers and a part of them might be exhibited before, the professor of the
(Japanese modern literature),
Hiroshi Ando, supposed that "collectively these precious details could
make known what Dazai was thinking before he became a writer". University of Tokyo
The bereaved family of Takeo Yokoyama, the former
vice-governor who had communication
with Dazai was keeping these items. Aomori
The notes had ten volumes in total. Dazai (the real name Shuji Tsushima) in his junior high school days was an honored student. While he had tried to solve the mathematical problem seriously, there was also erasing marks of using lines to cover the written words "Mr. Tsushima is very handsome".
He went to the old system
at the age of
17 in April, Showa 2nd year (1927). The notes, believed to be at the time of a first
grader, were written with the subject name "Ground Mineral” while earlier
names written such as "Earth Origin" and "Solar System Origin"
were struck out. The course contents were described carefully. Hirosaki
But graffiti such as portraits increased from around page 10, and there were also some places written with many times the words "Ryunosuke Akutagawa" after page 20. In the second half of the notes, Akutagawa's portrait was drawn and a table-of-contents proposal for the Doujinshi "Cell Literature" was written, the latter was available during Dazai’s high school days. He thought about literature even during classes, his admiration for it could be understood.
These are interesting high school records of Dazai.