Tomihiko Morimi 森見登美彦
Tomihiko Morimi (1979–) was fond of picture books from infancy and began creating his own by the time he was ten, drawing in notebooks or on manuscript paper and adding stories to show his mother. But it was only after entering Kyoto University that he began avidly reading and writing fiction. He continued on to graduate school while working on his writing, and made his literary debut in 2003 when he won the Japan Fantasy Novel Award for Taiyo no to (Tower of the Sun). His novel Yojohan shinwa taikei (The Tatami Galaxy), describing student life, garnered much attention for its humorous style and over-the-top imaginativeness. In 2007 his novel Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (The Night Is Short, Start Walking Young Maiden) received the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize and was runner-up for the Booksellers Award, expanding his fan base; in 2010, his novel Pengin haiwei (Penguin Highway) won the Japan SF Grand Prize. His other novels include the 2007 Uchoten kazoku (The Eccentric Family), in which the protagonist is a tanuki raccoon dog, and the 2013 Seinaru namakemono no boken (The Adventures of a Saintly Slacker).