Ishii Shinji was born in Osaka, Japan. His first story, written at age five, is entitled “Typhoon” and featured in his first novel Once Upon a Swing. He made his literary debut with The Dog of Amsterdam in 1994. Since Once Upon a Swing in 2000, Ishii has published mostly novels, including: Kutze, Stepp’n on Wheat (2003), which won the Tsubota Literary Award; One Day (2011), which won the Oda Sakunosuke Prize; and Bad Voice (悪声) (2016), which won the Kawai Hayao Prize for Stories. His other major works include: The Story of Giuseppe, A Man Prone to Everything, Twins in a Planetarium and The Story of Po. Ishii is also actively engaged in ‘improvised storytelling,’ in which he recites a story as he writes it, and musical events where phonographs are used.