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Ryōji Arai

Ryōji Arai 荒井良二

Ryōji Arai (1956–)  was born in Yamagata Prefecture and graduated from Nihon University with a degree in art. He took the Japanese picture-book world by storm during the 1990s. He received the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award in 1997 for Usotsuki no tsuki (The Lying Moon; story by Rintarō Uchida), and the Kodansha Award for Picture Books in 2000 for Mori no ehon (The Forest Book; story by Hiroshi Nagata). His other titles include Hajimari hajimari (The Curtain Goes Up), Susu to Neruneru (Snoozy and Sleepyhead), Sonotsumori (The Great Idea Woods), and the Supponpon no Suke (The Adventures of a Naked Boy) series. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international children’s and YA literary prize founded by the Swedish government.
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Books by Ryōji Arai
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    It's Morning, So I'll Open the Window

    When morning comes, we open the window and find everything is there, as always. Expressed in simple poetic words and illustrations, the author's message is that true joy resides in everyday familiarity with the world around us. The author earned the …

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    The Sun Organ

    This is a delightful picture book in which light and sound pour from the heavens. The abundant radiance is not some kind of divine revelation, but the golden light of the sun, evenly illuminating things as they are, affectionately showing everyone and eve …

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    Snoozy and Sleepy-Head

    Snoozy, a boy, and Sleepy-Head, a girl, lie awake one night after turning out the lights, making up stories until they begin to drowse off. "Do you think it'll come?" asks Snoozy. "Sure it will," says Sleepy-Head. Sure enough, the starry sky soon streams …

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