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Culture & Ethnography - Remarkable People - Kazuo Dan

Monument in Honour of Kazuo Dan

On the 2nd of January 1992, on the northern side of the Chapel Square in Santa Cruz , was built a monument in honour of the poet of Japanese origin Kazuo Dan.

The poet citizen of the world and nature lover, lived in Santa Cruz in the years 1971 and 1972 in a house on a street that actually bears his name, Rua Professor Kazuo Dan, Nº 6.

During the year and a half that he lived in Santa Cruz , he wrote, among others, one of his most loved poems “Poente”. This poem is engraved on the posterior side of the monument:

"Belo Sol Poente
Ah Pudesse eu ir buscar-te
Lá, ao fim do mar!"

Kazuo Dan spread much charm close to the local areas and established friendships with the habitants. It was one of the poets dreams, returning to Santa Cruz , that a group of friends lead by Takao Nakatani, in his honour, erected the monument giving it a symbolic meaning and the desire to return.

Beyond his facet of writer and poet, Kazuo Dan and Wenceslau de Moraes was a firm defender of the profound relations of friendship between Portugal and Japan , by that fact deserving recognition and merit by the Japanese Embassy in Portugal

On the slate of dark stone at the base of the monument it reads:

" In Honour of Kazuo Dan

Kazuo Dan was one of the most popular writers in Japan after the war. He possessed a rare literary sensibility. Dan lived a life full of adventures by travelling the world.

This poem “Poente” that he adored was written here in Santa Cruz , where by lived a made friendship bonds with the habitants of the village. Soon after having returned to Japan , he fell ill in 1976, at the age of sixty three, for this errant poet it was the end of his life cycle, without fulfilling his dream of returning to Santa Cruz .

In regards to his desire we built this monument with the intentions of strengthening the friendly relations between Portugal and Japan

2nd January 1992

Friends Representative: Takao Nakatani"


Did you know ...


Kazuo Dan was born in Tanimura , Japan on the 3 rd February 1912 and was victim of a malignant disease, he died on the 2nd January 1976.

Apart from bring a writer and poet, he studied economy at Tokyo University and in 1944 was correspondent in the China war.

On the island of Nokonoshima , Japan , also exists a monument very similar in honour of Kazuo Dan with a magnificent view of the sea…

Kazuo Dan Biography


Text: Artur Henriques
Photos: Artur Henriques
Published: 10-May-2005
Last Update: 22-Oct-2006

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Kazuo Dan Monument
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Monument in the island of Nokonoshima , Japan
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