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Kinji Ishikura

Kinji Ishikura 石倉欣二

Kinji Ishikura (1935-) was born in Ehime Prefecture and graduated from the Department of Crafts at Tokyo University of the Arts. He worked as an industrial designer before launching a career as a picture-book author. He won the Sankei Children’s Book Art Award in 1980 for Tanabata mukashi (Tanabata Long Ago). In 1995 he received both a Japan Picture Book Award and the Kenbuchi Picture Book Grand Prize for Obāchan ga iru to ii noni na (I Wish Grandma Were Here; story by Motoko Matsuda). Among the many other picture books he has created or collaborated on are Umi o watatta orizuru (The Folded Cranes That Crossed the Sea); Hi no ame, kōri no ame: Kamui yukara, Ainu no kamisama ga hanashita koto (Rain of Fire, Rain of Ice: An Ainu Epic); and Sora yuku fune (Boats in the Sky).

Books by Kinji Ishikura
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    Gonsa the Cat

    The story is told from the point of view of Gonsa, a cat living with an old man whose advancing dementia requires him to move into an eldercare facility. On the day of the move, a neighbor woman comes to take Gonsa home with her. She roasts a piece of fis …

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    The Artist and the Angel: Twenty Brief Stories for Little Adults

    A collection of lyrical short stories by picture-book author Kinji Ishikura. In the title story, a starving artist has been trying to sell his paintings on a street corner in Paris. It is winter and night is falling. As the elderly painter begins to pack …

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