Fumio Niwa was born in Yokkaichi in 1904. His father was a Buddhist priest. His mother eloped with an actor when he was eight. After graduating from Wasada University, he became a priest but resigned two years later to become a writer. Some of his works were erotic and a couple were banned during World War II, though his later works were more on Buddhist themes. He worked as a war correspondent during World War II, travelling on board warships. He was a very prolific author, writing more than eighty novels as well as short stories and essays. He also wrote works on Buddhism, including two extensive biographies of Buddhist monks. He died in 2005.
(Only works translated into English)