Kyōsuke Kindaichi

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Kyōsuke Kindaichi
Born(1882-03-05)March 5, 1882
DiedNovember 14, 1971(1971-11-14) (aged 89)
Resting placeTokyo
RelativesHaruhiko Kindaichi (son)
Japanese name
Kanji金田一 京助
Hiraganaきんだいち きょうすけ

Kyōsuke Kindaichi (金田一 京助, Kindaichi Kyōsuke, May 5, 1882 – November 14, 1971) was a Japanese linguist, chiefly known for his dictations of yukar, or sagas of the Ainu people, as well as his study of the Matagi dialect. He is the author of the dictionary Meikai Kokugo Jiten.


Kindaichi was born in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. His son Haruhiko Kindaichi was also a prominent linguist. He was active as a poet and had good contacts with Ishikawa Takuboku.

In popular culture[edit]

A fictionalised Kindaichi appears in the anime Woodpecker Detective's Office.