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Excellence Award

HARUKANA MACHI E

TANIGUCHI Jiro

Manga published in book form, in magazine [Japan]

© Jiro Taniguchi 1998

Profile

TANIGUCHI Jiro

Japan

Born in 1947 in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. Moved to Tokyo after graduating high school. Worked as a manga artist's assistant until 1972 when he made his debut with Kareta Heya (Husky Room). Worked on many hard-boiled and animal works. Won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1992 for Inu wo Kau (Feed the Dog). Gained notice in 1986 when he collaborated with Natsuo Sekikawa on the intermittently published Bochan no Jidai (Young Boy's Days). Received the Second Tezuka Osamu Culture Award 1998 for this work. His most important works are Ao no Senshi (Blue Soldier), jiken Ya Kagyo (The Family Detective Business), K, Aruku Hito (Walking Man) and Chichi no Koyomi (My Father's Calendar). His latest work is Sosakusha (The Investigator).

( 1999 )

Award Reason

On his way back from a business trip,the protagonist decides on a whim to take atrain back to his old hometown. The moment he pays respects to his mother's gravein the transformed town,he is transported back to a summer when he was still in junior high school,only with all his middle-age consciousness,knowledge and abilities intact.On this journey across time,he understands for the first time the burdens born by his father, and his mother's tears. This is the kind of fantasy manga were made for,executed by an artist of great talent. This is a serious,delicate,and ultimately moving time travel variation.

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