Thu. Oct 21st, 2021

Author: Banana Yoshimoto

Banana Yoshimoto is the pen name of Mahoko Yoshimoto (吉本 真秀子), a Japanese contemporary writer. Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana’s sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age.

She graduated from Nihon University’s Art College, majoring in Literature. During that time, she took the pseudonym “Banana” after her love of banana flowers, a name she recognizes as both “cute” and “purposefully androgynous.”