Yoshifumi Hasegawa 長谷川義史
Yoshifumi Hasegawa (1961–) was born in Osaka and has written and illustrated many picture books. His first was Ojiichan no ojiichan no ojiichan no ojiichan (Grandpa’s Grandpa’s Grandpa’s Grandpa), published in 2000. His illustrations for Otama-san no okaisan (Otama’s Rice Porridge; text by the Hinode Picture Book Production Committee) won the Kodansha Award for Picture Books, and Irohanihoheto (A Japanese ABC; text by Yoshitomo Imae) won the Japan Picture Book Award. Known for the warm humor of his illustrations and for texts rich with simple puns, Hasegawa also writes song lyrics and designs book covers. He has worked on picture books ranging from the onomatopoeic Ponpon pokopoko for babies, to hilariously comic ones like Dajare Nihon isshū (Around Japan with Puns) and Ōsaka umai mon no uta (What’s Good to Eat in Osaka: A Song). Other titles, such as Boku ga rāmen tabeteru toki (When I Was Eating Ramen; winner of the Japan Picture Book Award and the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award) and Hachigatsu muika no koto (What Happened on August 6; text by Hirotaka Nakagawa), underscore the wide range of his portfolio and of his appeal.