About Me



  Born in Tokyo. Majored in English and American literature in the university, studied graphic design in correspondence corse. 

  Works as an illustrator under the name of "Toriko Kino" (for advertisings, editorials, products, displays & wall paintings, etc.) , and also as a picture-book author under the name of "KINOTORIKO".

  Since the solo exhibition in 1990 entitled "Nonsense Innocense Science", the interest for the science increased, then, started to pursue the interface between "science" and "literature". The same theme was realized at the following solo-exhibitions, or, as the contents of the websites, etc. In 2000, the book From Where We Came, and To Where We Go (texts by O. Sakura, PhD.) ; In 2002, If the Earth is a Glove of 100cm...... (texts by T. Nagai, PhD.) were published. Took charge of the plannings & graphics (in accordance with Prof.Sakura), at one of the displays in the scientific museum in Kagoshima prefecture, opened in April, 2003. In 2011,  the pocket version of From Where We Came...... is re-published from Chuko Bunko.

   In 2001, started to use the name " KINOTORIKO", first of all to seek the possibilities of "the picture/visual books", producing the book with all pages die-cut, of 3-meter rolled or of 6-meter accordion-folded, etc. In 2003 & 2004, the illustrations among these books are selected for Bologna Children's Book Fair and some of the works got into the collection of OPLA, the library of artist's books for children in Italy. They are also in some libraries and museums in France and Japan.  

  One of the result after frequently visiting the publishers in europe is, the publication of Tendre est la Mort (My Sweet Death Wish), which is awarded the "LibbyLit Prize 2009" as the best picture-book in French language in Belgium. Then, from the same publisher,

 Qui Suis-Je ? (who am I ? / I'm Puzzled)  is released in January 2011. It's the book of puzzle in which the main character is being "puzzled", and the readers can also play the puzzle ! The latest issue is Quand petit Tomo dort, published in March 2017 also in France. Illustrations in this book are all laser-cut and pages are folded in accordion style.

Details on picture book > to PictureBook page

Details on exhibitions > to Exhibitions page


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