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Masamoto Nasu

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Masamoto Nasu (1942–)  was three years old and at his home three kilometers from the hypocenter when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. His family survived, and he remained in Hiroshima until the end of high school. After making his writerly debut with Kubi-nashi jizō no takara (The Treasure of the Headless Jizō), he earned renown for his children’s-book series Zukkoke sannin-gumi (The Hilarious Trio), a collection of 50 volumes written over the course of 26 years which sold over 20 million copies and has been spun off into TV and manga serials. The series has won the Iwaya Sazanami Literary Award and the Noma Prize for Children’s Literature. Sagishi-tachi no sora (Sky of the Swindlers) won the Robō-no-Ishi Literary Award, and the Oedo no Hyakutaro (Hyakutarō of Edo) series received the JAWC Award. Nasu has also coauthored prizewinning picture books with illustrator Shigeo Nishimura, including Bokura no chizu ryokō (Our Map Adventure) and E de yomu Hiroshima no genbaku (tr. Hiroshima: A Tragedy Never to Be Repeated). In 2007 Nasu became president of the Japanese Association of Writers for Children, Japan's premier professional association of juvenile-literature authors.

Books by Masamoto Nasu
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    The Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima in Pictures

    Massive in size and scope, this picture book is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Author Masamoto Nasu is himself a victim of the bombing. A Hiroshima native, he was three years old when it occurred. His text is based …

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    The Hair Ornament of August

    Hisae, who has returned from Tokyo to her hometown of Hiroshima, is an elderly woman who enjoys her solitary life making stuffed dolls, which she hands out to children as presents, earning her the nickname Doll Lady. One day she visits an exhibition of ha …

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    Go, Hilarious Trio!

    This book is the first in a best-selling series of 50 volumes about the adventures of three young boys. Hachibei, the son of a greengrocer, is short in stature but a lively lad who is quick to get into a fight. Not very good when it comes to using his hea …

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    The Treasure of Mister Black

    Half a century ago, an elusive jewelry thief known as Mr. Black made headlines. This year, as summer vacation arrives on the cape, the old "haunted mansion" where he once lived is torn down. Fourth-grader Kohei finds a sketchbook at the site, and his frie …

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    The End of the World

    Ten short stories peer into the abyss that is the human heart, leaving an indelible impression on the reader. In the title piece, war in the Middle East sparks a global nuclear conflagration. A boy in Japan is left an orphan when both of his parents die …

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