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Seizo Tashima (1940–)  was born in Osaka and grew up in Kochi Prefecture. He graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo. Beginning in 1969 he lived in the town of Hinode in the mountains west of Tokyo, where he raised goats and chickens and farmed the land while also working as an artist of picture books and tableaux. In 1998 he moved to the Izu Peninsula and began creating sculptures with bamboo, nuts, driftwood, and other natural materials. In 2009 he worked with a rural community in Niigata Prefecture to turn an empty school building into the Picture Books and Tree Nuts Art Museum. Among his many picture books are Chikara Taro (Strongman Taro; 1969 Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Golden Apple), Tobe batta (Jump, Grasshopper; 1989 Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Arts Award and Japan Picture Book Award), and Koyagi ga me me (Kid Goat Says Mehh). He has also published books of essays, including E no naka no boku no mura (My Village in Pictures). He is one of Japan's most prominent and prolific picture-book authors.

wolf chasing pig

three grasshoppers

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