Born in 1960 in Nagano Prefecture, ABE graduated from the Department of Aesthetics and Art History, Tokyo University of the Arts. From 1990 to 2001 he worked as a curator for the Canon ARTLAB project. Since then, he has worked on numbers of original projects including LOVERS [Kyoto Art Center, 2016] by FURUHASHI Teiji, molecular informatics [Yamaguchi Center of Arts and Media “YCAM”, 2011] by MIKAMI Seiko, and IO_DENCIES [Canon ARTLAB, 1997] by Knowbotic Research. He worked for the “YCAM” pre-opening office from 2001, and from 2003 to March 2017, he had been both the Artistic Director and the Deputy Director of “YCAM”. At “YCAM”, he has curated and produced various original projects including datamatics  and supersymmetry  by IKEDA Ryoji, ENSEMBLES  by OHTOMO Yoshihide, LIFE-fluid, invisible, inaudible… by SAKAMOTO Ryuichi and TAKATANI Shiro, polar m  by Carsten NICOLAI and Marko PELJHAN, particles  by Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi, Vanishing Mesh , and Korogaru koen series (Rolling Park) . 2016 Berlin “transmediale award 06” International Jury, 2009 Taipei “The 4th Digital Art Festival Awards” International Jury, 2014-2016 “The Art Encouragement Prizes” Jury of the Media Arts Division, and 2017 Gwangju “The Third ACC Festival” Guest Director.
An associate professor at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Informatics. He specializes in aesthetics and arts. For nearly twenty years, he has worked among mathematicians, biologists, computer scientists, complex systems scientists, cognitive scientists, psychologists, philosophers of science, robot ethicists and information philosophers. Since information and life are common topics among scholars in a diverse array of fields, Akiba aims to consider beauty and art in terms of those topics. He is enjoying more opportunities to talk with creators after publishing Creating New Aesthetics [Misuzu Shobo, 2011].
ENDO is a pioneer among Japanese game creators. Since the 1980s he has created numerous works in a variety of fields and genres, including arcade games, home video games, PC games, card games, mobile phone applications, and smart phone applications. He is currently working on the development of game-related textbooks and the education of the next generation of game creators, while also active as a leading force in game research in Japan.
Born in 1976 in Kumamoto Prefecture. KAWADA went to work for a sewing machine manufacturer in 1999. At his interview with the company, he presented a “Future Resume” that outlined a multitude of achievements that he eventually accomplished, including designing the company’s servers and overall web environment, creating a system capable of handling parts orders throughout the world, and devising patented technology to connect sewing machines to the internet. He left the corporate world in 2009 to become the eldest of the AR 3Bros. (Three Brothers of Augmented Reality), an innovative team of developers. He has appeared on TV shows such as Waratte Iitomo! (It’s Okay to Laugh!), Jonetsu Tairiku (Passionate Continent), and Kagai Jugyo Yokoso Sempai (Welcome to the Extracurricular Lesson, My Senior). His recent works include the Hoshi ni touch panel gekijo (Touch Panel Theater in the Stars) at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, and the Warp suru romen densha (The Warping Streetcar) in Hiroshima. KAWADA is breaking new ground to augment real space through such efforts as the launch of Techno konto (an event for comedians to unveil new skits) in Shibuya. He hosts the critically acclaimed radio show “INNOVATION WORLD” on J-WAVE on Friday nights at 22:00. His genius does not recognize the bounds of genre or media.
Born in 1974 in Tokyo, NAKAGAWA completed the coursework for the Doctoral Program at Waseda University Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Focusing mainly on games, animations and dramas, but expanding his interest into Japanese philosophy, urban theory, anthropology and information technology, he has written many reviews that bridge reality and fiction. He is currently the Associate Editor of PLANETS, a magazine of cultural criticism. Author of Tokyo Skytree Ron (Tokyo Skytree Theory) [Kobunsha, 2012] and Gendai Game Zenshi Bunmei no Yugishikan kara (The History of Contemporary Game: From the Historical View of Amusement in Civilization) [Hayakawa Shobo, 2016]. Co author and editor of works such as Shiso Chizu vol.4 (Thought Map vol.4) [NHK Publishing, 2009] and Amachan Memories [PLANETS and Bungeishunju, 2013]. He worked on the screenplay and story editing of the animation 6HP by MURAKAMI Takashi.
Born in 1975 in Kanagawa Prefecture, SAITO began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). Since then, he has been active in creative work at the Arnell Group, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial event. He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. He has won numerous international awards from 2009. He currently serves as Director of Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd., while also lecturing part-time at the Department of Graphic Design in the Faculty of Kyoto Seika University. 2013 D&AD “Digital Design” Jury, 2014 Cannes Lions “Branded Content and Entertainment” Jury. Milan Expo Japan Pavilion theatre space director, Media Art Director at Roppongi Art Night 2015. Good Design Award 2015-2016 Jury.
Born in Tokyo in 1961. Professor at Tama Art University and instructor at Bigakko. After graduating from the Hokkaido University of Education, he studied the sociology of education and language at Shinshu University, and also studied painting under KIKUHATA Mokuma at Bigakko. In 1994 he became the art director for WIRED magazine’s launch in Japan. In 1998 he founded ASYL DESIGN inc. (current Asyl). From 2003 to 2010 he produced Central East Tokyo (CET), an art, design and architecture event. In 2010 he was involved in the establishment of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, receiving awards from Japan and overseas. His artwork There, it has grown has been exhibited in Trans Arts Tokyo 2013-, Odate/Kita-Akita Arts Festival 2014, and other locations.
Born in 1959 in Kanagawa Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Tokyo Zokei University, where he majored in painting. In 2001 he was appointed a professor at the same university. In 1979 he formed the unit IKIF together with KIFUNE Sonoko. They began creating animations and continuously released experimental animations and video installations. From the late 1980s he began engaging with CG animation and founded IKIF+ in 1997. Thereafter, he participated in the creation of the 3DCG animations for Metropolis, Innocence, Steam Boy and Sky Crawler, among others. He served as 3D director for the NHK Educational Petit Anime Series Bu-, ba-, ga- (1995-1997), BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE (2000), and Tachiguishi-Retsuden (2006). He participated in Doraemon the Movie as creator of the opening animation as well as 3D director and supervisor from 2007 to 2009. He is a board member of the Japan Animation Association and a member of the executive committee of the Inter College Animation Festival (ICAF). He is also a member of the Japan Society for Animation Studies, the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA).
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1966. He is the representative of Stripe Factory, Inc. and a lecturer at Tama Art University. At SIGGRAPH, the leading academic conference for computer graphics, he has won ten awards since 1993 for both his artwork and commercial work such as TV commercials. He has won numerous awards at festivals outside Japan such as Prix Ars Electronica and IMAGINA. His vigorous activity has international and domestic reach, and he has participated in a large number of group exhibitions at museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also active as a director for commercials. He has created motion graphics for Toshiba, Suntory, and Japan Television among others. At the Aichi Expo he was the director of the first floor of the Seto Japan Pavilion. He has created promotion videos for Ken ISHII and INOUE Yosui and is also drawing attention as a VJ at live concerts. In 2015, a solo exhibition of his 3D works was held under the title PINK SKIN.
Born in 1953 in Tokyo Prefecture, NISHIKUBO joined the Waseda University Broadcasting Society in 1972, and joined Tatsunoko Production Company in 1976. After leaving the company in 1979 he worked under the guidance of DEZAKI Osamu. He then became a freelance director for TV and original video animations, films, commercials, promotional videos, and games. He worked as a director for the films Atagoal: Cat’s Magical Forest, Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, and Giovanni’s Island; the original video animations Radio City Fantasy and Video Girl Ai; the animated TV series Miyuki, Red Photon Zillion, Legend of the Heavenly Sphere Shurato, and Otogi zoshi; the commercials Where Dreams Come True and NEXT A-Class; and the Yarudora game series. He has also worked as a sequence director in a series of works directed by OSHII Mamoru, such as Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Giovanni’s Island has won 15 awards in eight countries, including at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), the Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada), the Mainichi Film Awards (Japan), and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (United States).
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1966, UDA graduated from the Animation Department of Tokyo Design Academy. Starting off as an assistant director trainee in the feature animation film Transformers: The Moviein 1986, he became the assistant director and production assistant of the TV animation Transformers: The Headmasters from 1987, and has since directed many Toei Animation films including SAILOR MOON and YOUNG KINDAICHI’S CASE BOOK. Also directed several TV animations and animated feature films including Galaxy Kickoff, GALAXY EXPRESS 999 Eternal Fantasy, ONE PIECE THE MOVIE, Rainbow Fireflies (included in the Jury Selection of the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival) and Onagawa Chuu Basuke Bu: 5-nin no Natsu (The Summer of the Five Members of Onagawa Junior High School Basketball Team).
Born in 1954 in Saitama Prefecture, YOKOTA studied animation in the Creative Image Course of the Department of Cinema at the College of Art, Nihon University. Upon graduation he entered the Psychology Program of the Graduate School of Literature and Social Sciences at Nihon University and received a master’s degree in 1979. Starting with a presentation at the 19th Convention of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences titled “A Psychological Analysis of Motion in Animation,” he has presented his research results on animation at the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, the Japan Society for Animation Studies, and the Society for Animation Studies. He has also published articles in academic journals. His animation related activities include guest lecturer at I Castelli Animati, and serving as both a jury member and a lecturer at Puchon International Student Animation Festival. His major publications include Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives [University Press of Mississippi, 2013; co-editor and author], Animation no jiten (The Encyclopedia of Animation) [Asakura Shoten, 2012; co-editor and author], Nikkan animation no shinri bunseki: deai, majiwari, tojikomori (A Psychological Analysis of Japanese and Korean Animation: Encounter, Interaction, and Withdrawal from Society) [Rinsen Shoten, 2009], and Media kara yomitoku rinsho shinrigaku: manga, anime wo aishi, kenko na kokoro wo hagukumu (Clinical Psychology of the Media: How to Love Manga and Anime and Develop a Healthy Mind) [Science-sha, 2016].
Born in 1968 in Hiroshima Prefecture, raised in Fukuoka Prefecture. KAWAHARA worked as a preschool teacher, in the PR department of anime studio Gainax, and at other jobs before turning freelance. Now, she writes essays and provides commentary about manga. She wrote Jinsei no taisetsu na koto ha omune, manga ga oshiete kureta (Everything I Know, I Learned from Manga) [NTT Publishing, 2009]. Her major columns include Renai no otehon ha, itsumo shojo manga (Girls’ Manga Was My Model for Love) for the women’s website SmartWoman (currently Nikkei WOMAN [Nikkei Inc.]) in 2005, and the manga commentary Kore yomazu ni nani wo yomu? (Well, What Should I Read, Then?) for the web magazine Webnttpub. [NTT Publishing] from 2007 to 2014. Her current column for Webnttpub. is entitled Manga koso ha dokusho da! (Manga Is Reading!). KAWAHARA has contributed essays to publications such as Sotokushu MIHARA Jun (Full Review of Jun MIHARA) [Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2015]. She was a contributing editor and writer for the book entitled IKEDA Riyoko no sekai (The Wonderful World of Riyoko IKEDA) [Asahi Shimbun Publications, 2012]. She was a symposium panelist at the 10th Conference of the Japan Society for Studies and Cartoons and Comics in 2010, and has served as a guest lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic University.
Born in 1947 in Kyoto Prefecture, MINAMOTO made his debut as a manga artist in 1967. He is known for his distinctive mixture of jokes and serious scenes. In 2004 he received the 8th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award in recognition of his pioneering of new areas in manga and his contributions to manga culture. He was awarded an Excellence Prize at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2010. His works include the Fuunji-tachi (The Adventurers) series, Homohomo7, Chosensha-tachi (The Challengers), and a World Classics series including Don Quixote and Les Miserables.
Born on December 26 in Kagoshima Prefecture. Her debut as a manga-ka was in the March 1988 volume of Shogakukan’s Petit Flower with a story entitled Matteiru yo (I’m Waiting). Some of her most well-known works are the STAY series (2002-06), Denpa no hito yo (Radio Wave Man) (2007), Otoko no issho (A Man’s Lifetime) (2008-12), and Ane no kekkon (My Big Sister’s Wedding) (2010-14). Otoko no issho was a Jury Selection at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2010. In addition to writing and drawing manga, she also illustrates novels. In 2006, STAY – Aa kotoshi no natsu mo nanimo nakatta wa (Stay – Ahh, Nothing’s Happening This Summer Either) was made into a live-action movie directed by FURUTA Wataru, and HIROKI Ryuichi directed a live-action movie of Otoko no issho in 2015. Currently she has series running in several magazines, including Hatsukoi no sekai (The World of First Love) in Monthly Flowers and Ta-tan (Ta-tan) in Big Comic Original.
Born in 1969 in Osaka Prefecture. OMOTE earned a Ph.D. in literature from the Graduate School of Letters at Osaka University. He was involved in the opening of the Kyoto International Manga Museum at Kyoto Seika University and worked as a researcher of general arts before assuming his current position as manager of art-related affairs in 2011. He also works as the vice president of Kyushu Comitia Meeting, a voluntary group that puts on Kyushu Comitia, a fanzine exhibition and sale established in 2017. OMOTE also served as a director for the Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics from 2013 to 2017. His major works include Manga to museum ga deau toki (When Manga Meets Museums) [Rinsen Book Co., 2009; co-author with KANAZAWA Kodama and MURATA Mariko], Sabetsu to mukiau manga tachi (Mangas Who Face Discrimination) [Rinsen Book Co., 2007; co-author with YOSHIMURA Kazuma and TANAKA Satoshi], and Hadashi no Gen ga ita fukei: manga, senso, kioku (Contexts of Barefoot Gen: Manga, War, Memory) [Azusa Shuppansha, 2006; co-editor with YOSHIMURA Kazuma and FUKUMA Yoshiaki]. On many occasions, he has also provided commentary and chronological compilations of authors’ bodies of work for special editions of books.
Born in 1967 in Ehime Prefecture. SHIRAI graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting at Kyoto City University of Arts. She has published her manga mainly through Comitia and other selling events for self-published works. In 2007, she received the Encouragement Prize in the Manga Division at the 11th JMAF for her self-published work Tenken-sai, which was published commercially in 2008 by Sanctuary Publishing. In 2009, she started serial publication of WOMBS in the Monthly IKKI. This work was a Manga Division Jury Selection at the 14th JMAF in 2010 and won the 2016 Nihon SF Taisho Award after the story was concluded. Her work includes SHIRAI Yumiko shoki tanpenshu (SHIRAI Yumiko’s Early Short Stories (2010), RAFNAS (2013–2015, Manga Division Jury Selection at the 19th JMAF in 2015), and Iwa to niki no shinkon ryoko (The Honeymoon of Iwa and Niki) (2017). Osaka kanjo kekkai toshi (Osaka Circular Kekkai City) is currently running in Misuteri-bonita (Mystery Bonita magazine). Website: http://yumikoubou.com/