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Self-published comics [Japan]





Born in Saitama. She graduated from TsudaCollege, Department of International and Cultural Studies, and became involved in website illustration creation while she was working for a company. Currently, she is working as a freelance illustrator for children's books. This award-winning work is her first picture book.

( 2005 )

Award Reason

The wide blank spaces in this work give the reader a feeling of air. The color and scent, or rather the thoughts, brought to the mind of the individual, are never be disturbed by the well placed blank spaces. The theme of this work is the sadness and absurdity brought by "losing someone or something important". The artist symbolized this universal absurdity that we cannot avoid with "higanbana" (cluster amaryllis). Although "higanbana" is a flower specifically associated with death in Japan, I want the artist to move on one step forward, beyond the sorrow of death. I want to see, in the blank spaces that lie ahead, a strong but tender scene of joy beyond the resignation of accepting the fate.

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