My picture book is out!

07.26.15 / My picture book is out!

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Finally, finally…
My looooong term project is completed and out !

It’s a picture book about a life of Nagasaki atomic bomb surviver, Mr. Sumiteru Taniguchi, with whom I interviewed five years ago. This book is not focusing on what happened to “then” but more on his “current” life.

I am happy to be able to announce this news corresponding 70 years anniversary of the bombing and end of World War II.

In the process of making this book, lots of my friends helped me and encouraged me to make this happen. Especially I thank my friend Justin Neely who devoted so much of his time and energy for me on writing and fixing my English and Chie Ushio on designing.

The book is available at book stores, Kinokuniya NY  and St.Marks Bookshop, plus online
lulu.com. You can also take a look at it at Japan Society Library too!

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from my picture book

07.12.15 / from my picture book

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I have been working on this picture book titled A Good Life in Hell for years. It’s almost ready to be published officially. I am so excited! Today I am just sharing some of the images from the book.

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Chronicle of Japanese hairstyle trends

01.30.14 / Chronicle of Japanese hairstyle trends

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The illustration created for BOB, a Japanese beauty salon business magazine.
I enjoyed drawing hairstyle trends along the chronicle, remembering which one I tried or not. The big ribbon influenced by Madonna, yes, I did it !

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reviewing business in 2013

12.07.13 / reviewing business in 2013

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine( Dec. 2013 issue)

It’s always helpful to examine how you excited your business in a year.
This article is particularly for a beauty salon owner to look back the business based on four aspects, on the sales, staff’s skill, customer relationship and possible new business.
We all should be ready for a better year in 2014 after this analyzation !

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analysing numbers

09.08.13 / analysing numbers

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine ( Oct. 2013 issue)

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interim plan

08.06.13 / interim plan

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine ( September 2013 issue)

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Foster your staff

07.07.13 / Foster your staff

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine ( August 2013 issue)

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NY fashionista series

06.18.13 / NY fashionista series

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I added new drawing series. For now, it’s just with these images but will be more.

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planning and watching the process

05.31.13 / planning and watching the process

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine ( June 2013 issue)  – planning & watching the process are  fundamental factors for anyone’s business !

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When your staff is leavning the job

04.28.13 / When your staff is leavning the job

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine ( June 2013 issue)  – hair salon business magazine in Japan-
How can a hair salon owner perceive his/her staff is thinking of leaving the job.  There is a lesson for the owner  to run his business better by analyzing the reason.

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spiritual training for a salon owner

03.03.13 / spiritual training for a salon owner

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THE NEXT LEADER magazine ( April 2013 issue)  – hair salon business magazine in Japan –
I think this subject should be applied to any business owners including us, illustrators /artists.
Having strong and flexible mind is the key for successful work.

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five points to step up

02.15.13 / five points to step up

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For  THE NEXT LEADER magazine (March issue)
The article explains how to bring up your business to the next level in five steps.

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How to improve your own skill

01.13.13 / How to improve your own skill

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Illustration for THE NEXT LEADER magazine (Feb.2013 issue)

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Next leader for 2013

12.13.12 / Next leader for 2013

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A spread and spot illustration for THE NEXT LEADER magazine published in Japan. (Jan.2013 issue)
The article  is about necessary qualifications for a hair salon owner.

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Turnip Lady

12.01.12 / Turnip Lady

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I haven’t worked on this series for a while, but managed to add a new piece !

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