Tashima Seizo


Born in 1940 in Osaka. Experience of living in the abundant nature in Kochi during his boyhood is still the source of creation for TASHIMA. Tashima has created picture books and magnificent artworks using natural materials in his creative activity for half-a-century. Awards received include the Golden Apples Award in the 2nd Biennale of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) for his picture book “Strongman Taro (Chikarataro)” in 1969, Kodansha Publishing Cultural Award, Shogakukan Painting Award, Ehon Nippon Award, and Iwaya Sazanami Bungei Award. Tashima opened Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art in ETAT2009, Blue Sky Aquarium in Oshima, Kagawa in Setouchi Triennale 2013 followed by the production of “Forest Path” and “Life of N: 70 years on Oshima – A room with a wooden pot”. In 2020, Tashima was shortlisted for The Hans Christian Andersen Awards. In 2021, his picture book “I Gotcha” won the Sankei Juvenile Literature Publishing Culture Award/Art Prize and the 56th ENEOS Children’s Culture Award.


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