Yoshifumi Hasegawa

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Yoshifumi Hasegawa

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.

Books by Yoshifumi Hasegawa
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    Belly Button

    From safe inside its mother's womb, a baby peeks out through the belly button at the world beyond. It sees its brother constructing a robot: "I'm gonna give this to the baby!" he says, smiling. It sees its sister watering a plant: "I'll show it pretty flo …

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    Grandpa’s Grandpa’s Grandpa’s Grandpa

    A five-year-old boy asks his 72-year-old grandfather, "What was your Daddy like?" Grandpa says that that would be the boy's great-grandfather. As the boy asks, "What was his father like?" they go back in time from the present-day Showa era to Taisho to Me …

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    Miss Ramen

    A bowl of ramen noodles, a familiar food to children, is the protagonist of this picture book, and the idea is to encourage and inspire children through humorous wordplay. The name of each ingredient in the ramen lends itself to a pun that expresses a hea …

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    To My Father, Who's in Heaven Now

    "Dear Dad, are you doing all right in heaven? Since you died, it's just me and Sis and Mom, but we're all doing fine." Framed as a letter that a third-grader is writing to his dead father, the story is based on the author's own experience of losing his fa …

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    When I Was Eating Ramen

    Appearing on the first two-page spread is a boy eating a bowl of ramen and his yawning cat Miké. Outside the window are buildings and grass and a blue sky overhead. The text begins, "When I was eating ramen, my cat Miké yawned. As my cat Miké yawned . …

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