Seichi Naruse (1892-1936) was a friend of Ryunosuke Akutagawa since their time at the First Higher School and the University of Tokyo. Because he was from a wealthy home, Naruse was able to provide significant economic support to the journal Shinshicho (New Currents of Thought). He also provided both material and moral support to fellow First Higher School graduate Kan Kikuchi and was an instrumental figure in creating a foundation for the Shinshicho literary clique to become operational and make a mark in the literary world. Furthermore, Naruse wrote novels, publishing works such as Bone Bleaching (916, Shinshicho)and Voyage (1916, Shinshicho). His literary perspective had an influence on the other members of the clique. Research up until now has largely overlooked Naruse. However, this paper will investigate the development of Naruse’s literary style and influence on the literary clique (including Akutagawa and Kume) while tracing the development of his works.