Born in 1956 in Yamagata. Author and illustrator of picture books. He received the Bologna Ragazzi Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1999 for “Dr. Do-Riddle in the Riddle Land” (Froebelkan), and has won many other awards for children’s books in Japan. He also won The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005. He is currently one of the most prolific illustrator authors in Japan, whose work gives rise to innovative new picture books. His illustrations have a wide following and the fields in which they are used range from advertising to the performing arts and CD covers.
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