Shiro Yadama 矢玉四郎
Shiro Yadama (1944–) writes and illustrates children's literature. A native of Beppu in Oita Prefecture, he graduated from the Department of Design in the Faculty of Engineering at Chiba University. He worked as a commercial designer for a time, then became a manga artist, publishing so-called "nonsense manga" in weekly magazines for young boys. Later he shifted to writing children's literature, publishing Oshiire no naka no mikotan (Mikotan in the Closet). In 1980 his super-nonsense children's story Hare tokidoki buta (tr. Fair, then Partly Piggy) was a big hit throughout Japan, kicking off a series that continues today.