Pont de pierre dans le quartier de Gion. Stone bridge in the Gion district.
Key dates. 1899-1972 Yasunari Kawabata (Osaka, Kamakura). 1968 First Japanese to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His work focuses on the quest for beauty, solitude and death. He pioneered the New Sensationalist literary movement, concerned with translating sensations, emotions and attitudes of modern Japanese society into literature. 1960 Kawabata lived in Kyoto, writing two novels set in the “peace capital”: and .