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Takeo Arishima correspondence

Identifier: HC.MC-950-004

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the personal correspondence of Takeo Arishima and a single portrait photograph of him.


  • Creation: 1903-1907


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Takeo Arishima (1878-1923) was born on March 4, 1878, to a wealthy family in Tokyo, Japan. He was a Japanese novelist, short-story writer, and essayist during the late Meiji and Taishō periods. He was educated at a mission school in Yokohama, where he learned English. After an attempted suicide, Arishima became a Christian in 1901. After a mandatory stint in the Imperial Japanese Army, Arishima took English lessons from Mary Elkinton Nitobe, Inazo Nitobe's wife, and in July 1903, he obtained a position as a foreign correspondent in the United States for the Mainichi Shimbun. In the United States, he enrolled at Haverford College and later Harvard University. After graduation, he briefly worked in a psychiatric hospital operated by Quakers. He recorded his experiences from his journey to the United States in his diary.

During his time in the United States, he became critical towards Christianity, was attracted to socialism, and was influenced by the works of writers such as Walt Whitman, Henrik Ibsen, and Peter Kropotkin. His time and experiences in the United States and subsequent year in Europe also profoundly influenced his writing style and his outlook on the world, resulting in feelings of alienation from Japanese society.

After he returned to Japan in 1907, he re-entered the army briefly before becoming an English and ethics teacher in 1909 at his alma mater. He died on June 9, 1923.


.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)




This collection is comprised of the personal correspondence of Takeo Arishima, a Japanese novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. Also includes a single portrait photograph of Arishima.



Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January, 2016.

Takeo Arishima correspondence, 1903-1907
Kara Flynn
January, 2016
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