Shigemi Hijikata 土方重巳
Our client, Soon is seeking agents for territories worldwide for the multi-varied graphic world of Shigemi Hijikata.
Shigemi Hijikata (1915-1986) was a famous Japanese illustrator of numerous illustrated books, beginning with
Mori no Osawagi (Great Panic In The Forest), published in 1949. Hijikata went on to illustrate Pinnochio, Tales of Aesop, The Lion’s Spectacles, and Mukashi no Bōken, many in collaboration with the writer, Tadasu Iizawa.
The Mouse and the King (1953), published by Iwanami Shoten in 1953, as a part of its children’s book series, is considered a seminal work of Hijikata's that helped establish a new trend in illustrated books during the post-WW2 period.
Hijikata also published many graphic works serialized in established Japanese magazines as Kinderbook, Mebae, Yōchien, and Yoiko. He was also the creator of much-loved children’s characters such as Boo Foo Woo and Pinkuma-chan.
A retrospective of Hijikata's work was organized at a museum in Nishinomiya, near Kobe in October 2018.
An archive of some 1,000 pieces of original art, sketches, and character design drawings, etc. are currently being licensed for merchandising and promotions in the Japanese market by ZenWork's client, Soon Inc.
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