photo: YOSHIDA Hiroko
Born in Osaka in 1936. After graduating from the Tama Art University Department of Design (currently the Department of Graphic Design), he worked for the LIGHT PUBLICITY advertising agency. Going independent as an illustrator and graphic designer in 1968, he became involved in a wide range of fields, including working as a film director, essayist, and as a lyricist & composer. Many people are familiar with his designs for hi-lite cigarettes, his cover illustrations for Shukan Bunshun, his picture books in collaboration with Tanikawa Shuntaro, and his book illustrations and book designs for a large number of authors, including Hoshi Shinichi、Maruya Saiichi. Major awards for his work in a variety of areas include The Best New Artist of The Hochi Film Award, The Blue-Ribbon Awards, The Mainichi Design Prize, The Kikuchi Kan Prize.