Tomihiko Morimi

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Tomihiko Morimi

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 Taiyō no tō (Tower of the Sun). His novel Yojōhan 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 Shūgorō 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 Uchōten kazoku (The Eccentric Family), in which the protagonist is a tanuki raccoon dog, and the 2013 Seinaru namakemono no bōken (The Adventures of a Saintly Slacker).

Books by Tomihiko Morimi
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    The Night Is Short, Start Walking Young Maiden

    A novel of young love between a college junior (male) and freshman (female) at Kyoto University, neither of whom are given a name. He, the narrator, experiences love at first sight when, near the end of May, he notices the diminutive figure with short bla …

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    The Adventures of a Saintly Slacker

    In this kitschy, comical fantasy set in present-day Kyoto, events unfold in the course of a single Saturday, with the ancient city’s famous Gion Festival scheduled for the following day. A mysterious character wearing a heavy black cape and an endearin …

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    Penguin Highway

    Penguins inexplicably appear in a suburb some distance from the sea, and a grade-school boy seeks to solve the mystery, in this humorous and at times philosophical novel for young adults that puts author Tomihiko Morimi's playful sensibilities on full dis …

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