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When he was a young, impoverished factory worker, Eiji Yoshikawa (1892-1962) used the pen name Kijiro when he wrote senryu (satirical poems). He later became a novelist.
On his way to work every morning, he would buy a single roasted sweet potato, eat half for breakfast and save the rest for lunch. A senryu he wrote from this period goes: "When you know/ You can't get any poorer/ You can only laugh."
He was born Hidetsugu Yoshikawa (吉川英次 日本語 Yoshikawa Hidetsugu) in Kanagawa Prefecture, in what is now a part of Yokohama. Because of his father's failed business, he had to drop out of primary school to work when he was 11 years old. When he was 18, after a near-fatal accident working at the Yokohama docks, he moved to Tokyo and became an apprentice in a gold lacquer workshop. Around this time he became interested in comic haiku. He joined a poetry society and started writing comic haiku under the pseudonym "Kijiro."
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