Yasuo Segawa 瀬川康男
Yasuo Segawa (1932–2010) was born in Aichi Prefecture. After moving to Tokyo he met children's author Miyoko Matsutani, an encounter that led him to become involved with her puppet troupe, Taro-za, for which he drew posters and taught art to neighborhood children, and ultimately to become a picture-book author and illustrator. He made his publishing debut in 1960 with the picture book The Fox Wedding (tr. 1963; text by Miyoko Matsutani), which garnered considerable attention. In 1967 he gained international recognition by winning the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) Grand Prix for Taro and the Bamboo Shoot (tr. 1964; text by Masako Matsuno). He received the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Arts Award in 1968 for The Witch's Magic Cloth (tr. 1969), and both the Japan Picture Book Awards Grand Prize and the Kodansha Publication Culture Award in 1987 for Boshi (Hats). In 1988 he was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and was awarded a BIB Golden Apple for Kiyomori (Kiyomori), the fifth volume of Emaki Heike monogatari (The Tale of Heike Picture Scroll, 9 volumes).