Sakae Tsuboi (1900-67) was born into a large family on Shodo Island in the Seto Island Sea. After finishing grade school, she worked as a clerk to help support her family before moving to Tokyo in 1925, where she married the proletarian poet and writer Shigeji Tsuboi, later to be imprisoned for his views. Partly influenced by his ideas and partly out of necessity, she began to write novels as well as children's stories for magazines. Her writings became very popular for their warm humanity and humour and received many literary prizes. Akira Miura is Professor of Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and dean of Japanese language teachers in the United States.