Yutaka Kobayashi

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Yutaka Kobayashi

Yutaka Kobayashi 小林豊

Yutaka Kobayashi (1944–)  is a Nihonga artist and picture-book creator. He decided to become an artist while studying in England after graduating from Rikkyo University. In 1979, his very first submission was accepted for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten), and in 1983 he received a Special Excellence Award in the Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition. He is a frequent visitor to the Islamic countries of Asia and the Middle East, and treats subjects taken from those visits in his paintings and picture books. His Kuraudeia no inori (Claudia's Prayer; text by Yasuko Murao) received the Japan Picture Book Awards Readers' Prize in 2008. Sekai ichi utsukushii boku no mura (The Most Beautiful Village in the World) and Boku wa otōto to aruita (I Walked with My Little Brother), which portrays two children seeking refuge from fighting in wartime, have been selected for inclusion in elementary school textbooks. These and other stories told through the eyes of children from other cultures have received wide acclaim.

Books by Yutaka Kobayashi