Letters by famed writers found in Japan Braille Library

Letters from more than 1,000 famous writers including Nobel laureate, Kawabata Yasunari, have been found at the Japan Braille Library in Tokyo.

A total of 1,958 letters and postcards from between 1955 and 1978 were discovered at the nation's largest library for the visually impaired.

The letters were from 1,046 writers, responding to inquiries from the library asking for permission to make a Braille version or an audio version of their works.

One of the letters was from a Nobel laureate, Kawabata Yasunari, who in a handwritten note to the library, said he would be pleased to be of some help.

Letters and postcards from other notable writers include those from Abe Kobo, a writer often compared to Franz Kafka, best known for his novel "The Woman in the Dunes". Replies from playwright Inoue Hisashi and lyricist Ei Rokusuke were also found.

The library is considering exhibiting them for the public.

The head of the library, Tachibana Akehiko says that the letters show how much the writers had supported efforts to provide reading opportunities for the visually impaired.