Toshi Maruki

Toshi Maruki 丸木俊

Toshi Maruki  (1912–2000)  was born in Hokkaido and studied Western art at the Joshibi Women's School of Art and Design. Before World War II she spent time in Moscow and Micronesia, drawing numerous sketches and displaying her work in several exhibitions. In 1950 she began painting the Hiroshima Panels with her husband and fellow artist Iri Maruki. Subsequent murals included portrayals of other wartime atrocities such as Auschwitz, the Nanking Massacre, and the Battle of Okinawa, as well as environmental disasters such as Minamata Disease, earning the Marukis a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her many children's books are noted for the flowing lines and vivid colors of her illustrations. Titles range from the peace- and environment-themed works Okinawa, shima no koe (Okinawa: Voice of an Island) and Minamata, umi no koe (Minamata: Voice of the Sea), to the folktale picture book Ju-ni no tsuki no okurimono (Gift of Twelve Moons). Her acclaimed picture book about the atomic bomb, Hiroshima no Pika, was published under that title in English.

Books by Toshi Maruki
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    Hiroshima no Pika

    On a clear summer morning, the seven rivers of Hiroshima flow tranquilly through the city and people board the streetcars slowly plying the main avenues. A young girl, Mii, happily wolfs down a meal of sweet potatoes and rice. Just then a terrible flash o …