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Nahoko Uehashi

Nahoko Uehashi 上橋菜穂子

Nahoko Uehashi (1962–)  was born in Tokyo and graduated from Rikkyo University. She is a scholar of cultural anthropology as well as an author of children's books. Her literary debut came in 1989 with the science-fiction fantasy Seirei no ki (The Sacred Tree). In 1991 she was awarded the JAWC New Talent Award for Tsuki no mori ni, kami yo nemure (O God of the Moon Forest, Sleep), a fantasy based on ancient Japanese mythology that brought her into the spotlight. In 1996 she published the historical fantasy Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (tr. 2008), which became a huge hit; the work won the Noma Prize for New Writers of Children's Literature and the Sankei Children's Book Nippon TV Award, its English edition received the 2009 Mildred A. Batchelder Award, and it was also turned into a TV animation series by Production I.G. In 2004, Koteki no kanata (Beyond the Fox Whistle) garnered the Noma Prize for Children's Literature. Kemono no soja (The Beast Player; 2006–), another fantasy set in a parallel universe, launched a tremendously popular continuing series that has sold a combined 1,820,000 copies of its four main titles and one additional spin-off volume; this work, too, was made into a TV animation series by Production I.G., and foreign rights have been sold to Germany, France, Sweden, Thailand, Korea, and Taiwan.

Books by Nahoko Uehashi
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    Beyond the Fox Whistle

    Twelve-year-old Sayo lives quietly with her grandmother on the edge of Yona in the land of Haruna. One day she rescues the young fox Nobi from some dogs that are chasing it. The girl and the fox grow closer. Sayo discovers that she has inherited a special …

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    The Sacred Tree

    Some 400 years in the future, humans have managed to lay waste to their natural environment. With Earth rendered uninhabitable, they have moved on to explore and colonize planets in other solar systems. Naira, the setting for this story, is one of them. …

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    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

    Balsa, a spear-wielder, is now thirty. Forced to flee her homeland with her foster father when she was six, she has made a living in the kingdom of New Yogo as a bodyguard-for-hire. One day she happens to save the life of the Second Prince—the eleven-ye …

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