Ryūnosuke Akutagawa 芥川 龍之介 (1892 – 1927) was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story" and Japan's premier literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him. He committed suicide at age of 35 through an overdose of barbital. “Isn't there someone kind enough to come strangle me in my sleep?” - AKUTAGAWA Ryunosuke
Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎 1886 – 1965 ) was a Japanese author, one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki. Many of Tanizaki's works are highly sensual, a few particularly centered on eroticism, and virtually all are laced with wit and ironic sophistication.