This is my website, now how shall I design it?
For now, please allow me to introduce myself, Eiko Hanamura, and tell you a little about who I am and what I do.
Thank you so much for your visit!
Born in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Studied painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design
Director of The Japan Cartoonists’ Association
Permanent member of the SNBA (Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, France)
Eiko Hanamura has written and illustrated a variety of material including comedies, historical tales and mysteries, which have appeared in a wide range of comics for young girls to older women.
Her major works include: Kiri no naka no shôjo (A Girl in the Fog), Hanakage no hito (A Woman in the Shadow of Flowers), Hanabira no tô (A Steeple of Flower Petals), Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji), and the Mitsuhiko Asami series.
Eiko Hanamura biography
- 1959 Eiko made her professional manga debut with Murasaki no Yôsei (Violet Fairy) published in the rental comic book, Niji (pub. Kinensha).
- 1964 Eico published Shiroi hana ni tsuzuku michi (A Road to white flowers) in Nakayoshi (pub. Kodansha), a major girls’ comic magazine. Her career took off and she produced comic series in almost all the top girls’ magazines, including: Shôjo Friend (pub. Kodansha), Weekly Margaret (pub. Shueisha), Shôjo Comic (pub. Shogakukan) and others.
- Eiko Hanamura’s illustrations of cute girls became very popular with children’s goods producers, such as Showa Note and Tombow Pencil for a variety of stationary products.
- 1975 Kiri no naka no shôjo (A Girl in the fog), a comic series in Shueisha’s Weekly Margaret, was broadcast on TBS TV Network under the title Katei no himitsu (Family Secret). It was the first TV drama ever adapted from a girls’ comic series.
- From 1975, Eico’s focus shifted from children to adults and she began publishing comic series in women’s magazines like Josei Seven (pub. Shogakukan) and Weekly Josei (pub. Shufu to seikatsu-sha). She released numerous ladies comics such as Fukigen kazoku (A Family in a glum mood), Hanakage no onna (A Woman in the shadow of flowers) and Hanabira no tô (A Steeple of flower petals).
- Several mystery magazines asked Eico to illustrate the written works of big-name mystery authors like Yasuo Uchida (Mitsuhiko Asami series), Mikihiko Renjô, Shizuko Natsuki and Keigo Higashino.
- 1989 Eiko Hanamura received the 18th annual Japan Cartoonists’ Association Excellence Award for overall achievements
- 1997 Ochikubo Monogatari (The Tale of Ochikubo), in the collection “Manga Japanese Classical Literature” (pub. Shogakukan), received the Grand Prize for Manga at the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival, produced by the Japanese government’s Cultural Affairs agency.
- 2007 Eiko Hanamura represented Japan at the Salon de la SNBA (Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, France) and received Special Prize for her 40 illustrated works,.
- 2012 Eiko released Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji) in 3 volumes for Shogakukan’s 90th anniversary project of “Manga Japanese Classical Literature.”
- 2015 Eiko Hanamura published the picture book Sangatsu-tôka no asa (On the morning of March 10th) in collaboration with Ippei Mogami (pub. Imajinsha)
- At present, Eiko enjoys applying her creativity in various fields, participating in expositions and developing merchandise packages.