Illustrators

Kōshirō Hata

Kōshirō Hata はたこうしろう

Kōshirō Hata (1963–)  was born in Hyōgo Prefecture and graduated with an art degree from Kyoto Seika University. Besides being a picture-book author and illustrator, he also works as a book designer. His solo-production picture books include Natsu no ichinichi (A Summer Day), Dōbutsu nanbiki? (How Many Animals?), and the Kū to Mā no oboeru ehon (Kū and Mā’s Learning Books) series of educational picture books. Titles for which he has provided illustrations include the Shokora-chan (Chocolat) series, with text by Hirotaka Nakagawa, Mahō no natsu (Magical Summer; text by Kazue Fujiwara), and Akachan ga yatte kita (A Baby Is Coming; text by Eiko Kadono), among many others. He has said that he approaches drawing for picture books “as if it’s a present to my five-year-old self.” He shows a vibrant sense of color in his illustrations, and has experimented with design elements intended expressly for those reading the picture book to a group.
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Books by Kōshirō Hata
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    Can I Watch?

    Fox, who lives alone in the woods, loves to make mischief, and it never even occurs to him that he might want to become friends with anyone. One day he comes upon Duck giving a swimming lesson. Seeing Duck correct Rabbit for not getting it right, he think …

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    Kuma the Bear and Tiny Tatan: Visitors from the Blue

    This volume belongs to a series of books telling of events in the life of Kuma, a bear, and Tatan, a caterpillar-like bug, who live together. One autumn night, they both make a wish on a falling star, but neither of them reveals their wish. The next day, …

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    Happy Al’s Upside-Down Day

    Tomorrow is a special day for Al the alligator. He’s going on his first date with Momoko, and he’s so eager for it to arrive that he goes to bed in the early afternoon. When he wakens, the sky is still dim. It isn’t until after he’s gotten dressed …

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    We Met Spring

    Mark and Matt are twin bear cubs. Just awakened from hibernation, they have yet to experience their first spring. Their parents tell them that as the season arrives, it grows warmer, green plants sprout from the earth, the branches of trees fill out with …

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    The First Concert

    This title represents the picture-book debut of one of Japan’s best-known orchestra conductors, Yutaka Sado, working in collaboration with the popular picture-book author and illustrator Kōshirō Hata. The book was created in the hope of promoting inte …

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