Akutagawa gained much of his initial fame from "The Nose", one of his earliest works.
After reading "The Nose", the renowned writer Soseki Natsume sent a letter to Akutagawa, praising his work:
I found your piece ["The Nose"] very interesting. Sober and serious without trying to be funny. It exudes humor, a sure sign of refined taste. Furthermore, the material is fresh and eye-catching. Your style is well-published, admirably fitting.
References to other works
The story makes numerous references to the Buddhist scriptures, mentioning many characters from them, such as Mokuren, Sharihotsu, Ryūju, Memyō, and the Bodhisattvas It also makes reference to a Chinese story where the Chinese Shu Han emperor Liu Bei is said to have had long ears.