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" Honeybees and the Labyrinths of Flowers " published !

HB_cover_forPub_small.jpgIssued on March 8th, 2019
" Honeybees and the Labyrinths of Flowers"
In this book, many nectar plants from various regions in the world are introduced, in style of the maze, as if you are  wandering among these flowers with "a honey-bee-point of view"!
It is one of the so-called activity book, enjoyable for tracing and coloring the maze, but it also has much information on honeybees, flowers and the relationships between them and we humans.

Dr. Masami Sasaki ( professor emeritus / Tamagawa University), the leading expert in the field of honeybee research, has supervised the contents, to make this book also recommendable for ones who love natural science.

*texts & illustrations by kinotoriko
  supervised by Masami Sasaki (professor emeritus of Tamagawa Univ.)
*issued on March 8 from Hyoronsha, Tokyo ¥1800+tax
*240mm(h)×257mm(w), 48pages all printed color
*ISBN: 978-4-566-02386-4


Damask rose of Bulgaria

April 5, 2019

" La nuit, ailleurs " published in France

PT_Lanuit_covers.jpgThe book on the right on this photo, "La nuit, ailleurs"= " The night, elsewhere " is recently published as my second title in the series of "Papier Coupés", by the french publisher Grandir, The book on the left "Quand petit Tomo dort"" While Little Tomo sleeps " is the one that already released in April.

All Illustrations are laser-cut, accordion folded structure, cloth covered case, wrapped by double paper jacket.

The color of the paper underneath --- silver for "la nuit ..." and bronze for "Petit Tomo" --- represent the light of the full moon.

September 15, 2017

" Quand petit Tomo dort ", published in France


A new picture book is released from French publisher Grandir, as one one of the series "Papier Coupés".
As it is called "Papier Coupés"= "Cut Papers" , the illustrations are laser-cut, and folded in accordion style.
Cloth covered case, wrapped by double paper jacket ivory (laser-cut) and bronze(inside). Details are shown here.

The title is "Quand petit Tomo dort"= "While little Tomo sleeps". 
A little boy in his bed, about to sleep, looks outside the window to see the sky with full moon. Meanwhile, the nocturnal animals are ......

This title is not introduced yet on the site of the publisher, but others previously issued are in this catalog. I hope you have an opportunity to see and touch this series, so beautiful!


March 24, 2017

Back-up (December 2014)

December; To pray Peace for all

Wishing you joy and peace at the Holidays and throughout the coming New Year, -- and the precious thing -- not to be deprived of freedom to express yourself.

Here I made a loop-scroll version of "Wind ,Wave & Circle Dance" -- illustrations for a picture-book exhibited in May this year(2014);
This version is entitled "RONDO MONDO".

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Back-up (June 2014)

June; Rainy season to Sunny days

I''d like to thank you for all who came to my exhibition, and for whom watching this site. 
l leave some links to report the exhibition:

July 2, 2014

Report of the exhibition

Monthly Art Shop Open !(>period terminated)

I'm happy to announce that I'll be the first to be featured in the new project of Gallery EF entitled "Monthly Art Shop" -- the space to be occupied by one artist for one month.

Here I have an opportunity to hold a solo-exhibition to propose my new project, and also to show and sell various works, from the beginning of my career until the latest, including : books published in France, books of limited edition, a variety of printed matters, products already finished selling, etc....... things unavailable except here !
Where: Gallery EF
When: May 7(Wed.)~ June 6(Fri.) 2014
11:00 ~19:00 (Mon.~ Fri) until 16:30 on Saturdays, closed on Sundays and public holidays

Exhibition Title(tentative): 
Wind, Wave & Circle Dance

(I'm at the gallery after14:00 the last day=6th June)

June 5, 2014

Back-up (February 2013)

February, Dreams yet under the Snow

  In the latter part of January, I've been traveling in Europe, Paris(France) and Milan (Italy). 

  Once in a couple of years, I bring my new projects of picture-books and show them to the editors, expecting them to publish any of the works. 

  This time, the main one was the book with illustration(s) drawn in "one stroke" without a single break ; the line is always connected throughout 15 spreads and to the front & back covers too. (shown here is one of the spreads) 

  Some editor said that the work is good but too artistic and poetic, some said it's too complicated for the children and some told me to wait for the answer. So, at this point, I haven't yet found the publisher to realize it. Maybe I need to modify (simplify) it someway, or maybe not. 

  I'd be happy to show the whole book(prototype) to any editors/art-directors who would be interested in it. The theme is : the circulation of the world, with rhythm and harmony, like winds and waves dance together......

  The title in French is "Un Fils du Vent, Une Fille de l'Onde (a son of the wind, a daughter of the wave), or, in Italian "Rondo-Mondo (The World in Rondo)" . I haven't found an appropriate title in English yet, let's see ......

  The journey photos here. (to be added more)

February 8, 2013

L'annuncio in Italiano


  Il mio libro illustrato che è stato pubblicato in 2006, è ora trasformato come un e-Book, l'applicazione per iPad. La traduzione del titolo Here I am ! The A-mazing Little Creatures sarabbe Ecco mi qua, Le Piccole Creature "Labirintose". É un libro del labirinto con una storia, e come vedete qui, si puo seguire la strada con la pennarello rossa sulla cassetta trasparente ed anche cancellare i tratti per giocare ripetutamente.
 Allora, l'intenzione del libro è realizzata efficacemente nella forma del e-Book. Inoltre, sulle pagine del labirinto, si puo utilizzare la tavolozza multicolore per tracciare, colorare e dipingere. É certo che voi possiate salvare i vostri disegni originali. La musica è stata composta specialmente per quest'applicazione.
  C'è poco testo quindi non ci sarebbe problema della lingua. È per tutte le generazioni in tutti i paesi !

La pagina di facebook ( in inglese e giapponese )

L'annonce en Français


  Mon livre qui a été publié en 2006 est maintenant transformé comme un e-Book, une application pour iPad. La traduction du titre Here I am ! The A-mazing little Creatures serait Me Voici ! Les petites bêtes en Labyrinthe. C'etait  un livre du labyrinthe avec une histoire et comme vous voyez ici, on pouvait suivre le chemin avec le marqueur rouge sur la caissette transparente et de plus, effacer les lignes pour jouer répétitivement. 
  Alors, l'intention du livre est bien réalisé en forme d' e-Book. En plus, sur les pages du labyrinthe, on peut utiliser la pallete multicolore pour dessiner, colorer, et peindre. Bien sûr vous pouvez enregistrer vos dessins originaux. La musique a été composée spécialement pour cet application. 
  Il y a peu de texte donc la langue ne vous dérangerait pas. C'est pour toutes les générations dans tous les pays ! 

Le page de facebook (en anglais et japonais )

"A-maze book" for iPad !

  My e-Book = an application for iPad,  will be released on 12th September > and now, it is available !
It is based on my picture book published in 2006,    Here I am ! The A-mazing Little CreaturesThe book is modified to fit the spec for e-publishing, and I found that the concept of the book is realized perfectly in this way, as if it were meant to be from the beginning. It must be fun for the grown ups as well as for children. (image: the top page)
  The original book is in the transparent plastic case on which the readers can draw lines and also erase them, to play the maze repeatedly. And the spiral-binding is not only necessary to make the book flat but also to express the "long and winding road" of the maze. The form of the book corresponds to the intention, so, in this way the book must be successful except ...... it costed too much ! Besides, it is not suitable to be distributed and to be piled up in the store......
I appreciate that it was accepted in the "OPLA" collection in Italy (Artists' Books for Children).  But, in my opinion, books are to be read "by many people, in many countries, for long time", so it would be better if they are available in "friendly price".
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