Illustrators

Keiko Ajito

Keiko Ajito 味戸ケイコ

Keiko Ajito was born in Hakodate, Hokkaido and graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo. Known for her gentle, dreamy portrayals of young girls, she has illustrated such picture books as Ano ko ga mieru (I See that Kid; text by Yoshihiko Funazaki), Hanamame no nieru made (Till the Flower Beans Boil; text by Naoko Awa), which won the 1994 Akaitori Illustration Award, and Yume no hata (At the Far End of a Dream; text by Naoko Awa).

Books by Keiko Ajito
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    You are Here

    "I look up, so that I can see you always. Though I cannot see or hear or touch you, I know you are there, at my side, while I am here." The story in this picture book is narrated by a girl who lost someone very special. The monochrome illustrations gently …

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    I Was Born

    Told by a child who died from abuse, the story recounts the conditions he was subjected to and his feelings about them. "I guess I was born," the narrator begins, in a locution that seems to hedge what he is saying, as if he were reporting unconfirmed he …

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    A Mother’s Heart

    The story opens when the narrator is still a very small bear. Having lost his mother at an early age, he often feels wrapped in sadness, even as he grows into a young boy. When he goes fishing at the beach, he stays late because there’s no one for him t …

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