Saho Sasazawa, author of the “Kogarashi Monjiro” novels, the television adaptation of which made him popular, died of lung cancer Monday in a Tokyo-area hospital, family members said. He was 71.
Sasazawa’s real name was Masaru Sasazawa. In 1961, the period novelist won the Detective Story Writers Club Prize for “Hitokui” (“Cannibalism”). His other works include “Manekarezaru Kyaku” (“Uninvited Guest”) and “Roppongi Shinju” (“Love Suicide in Roppongi”).
Sasazawa was born in Yokohama in 1930, the third son of poet Yoshiaki Sasazawa.