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Grand Prize

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

KOUNO Fumiyo

[Japan]

The setting is Hiroshima in 1955. This work portrays the reality of the A-bomb and the days thereafter, through the eyes of a woman. It asks what the war and the A-bomb mean to ordinary people.

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KOUNO Fumiyo

Japan

Born in Hiroshima, 1968. Started drawing manga in junior high school. After leaving the Faculty of Science in Hiroshima University, moved to Tokyo and worked as an assistant for manga artists such as Mr. TODA Katsuyuki, Ms. MORINO Aki, and Ms. TANIGAWA Fumiko. Published her first manga MACHIKADO HANA DAYORI in a commercial magazine in 1995. Graduated from the University of the Air, the Faculty of Liberal Arts with a major in Humanities in 2001. Has been earning bread and butter with MANGA and illustrations to present.

( 2004 )

Award Reason

This work takes as its subject "Hiroshima". The manga artist who produced it belongs to the post-war generation and though the story is only 10 pages long, its depiction of "the dark shadow of war" is excellent and clearly draws on experience. This is why this work was highly regarded from the early stages and won this prize ahead of other longer works. The extension of hope from the older generation to the younger is clearly drawn, as are the subtle differences in the values received to those conveyed. I was impressed by the method of expression which, whilst conveying a powerful message, never imposes upon the reader, but rather serves to evoke understanding and acceptance.

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