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Manga artist Yoshiki Miura

Manga:
HANA WO UMERU
(original story by Nankichi Niimi)

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About the project

Yoshiki Miura, a manga artist and artist from Handa, Aichi Prefecture, took a novel HANA WO UMERU [Burying Flowers] (1939) by Nankichi Niimi, a writer from the same city whose works Miura has known for a long time, and created an original manga of it. Before starting the production, Miura visited Handa to interview the director of the Niimi Nankichi Memorial Museum and research documentary records. She also played a game of burying flowers, visited the locations in the story, and so on, to thoroughly understand the content for drawing. Although the original novel is a short piece with only about 4,000 characters, the manga expresses the emotional movements of the characters as fresh and vibrant sensations depicted through an innocent game.

Project credits

Manga artist: Yoshiki Miura

Original story: Nankichi Niimi (HANA WO UMERU, 1939)

Editing: Masaki Nakamoto (SAAC)

Title lettering design: Nozomu Nakayama (Leed Publishing)

Data production: To-Ti Editorial Department (Leed Publishing)

Coordination: Marina Yamaguchi (SAAC)

Artist’s profile

Yoshiki Miura

Manga artist, artist. Born in Handa, Aichi Prefecture, in 1989. At the age of 25, Miura sent her one-shot manga, Boku No Henna Kanojo [My Strange Girlfriend], to Kodansha’s rookie award, the 37th MANGA OPEN, and received Akiko Higashimura Award and Editor’s Award. She is also active as an artist under her real name, Yuri Sugiura. She simultaneously released a video recording and a documentary manga of herself living on an art object in the shape of a letter も [mo] for 24 hours, exploring cross-disciplinary creation.

Profile of original novel’s author

Nankichi Niimi

Born (1913–1943) in Handa-cho (present Handa City), Chita District, Aichi Prefecture. Writer of children’s literature. Niimi graduated from the Faculty of Letters at the Department of English, the Tokyo School of Foreign Languages. He wrote children’s songs and stories while working as a teacher in elementary school and girls’ school. In 1943, the year after the publication of his first collection of children’s stories, he passed away of tuberculosis at the young age of 29. His representative works include Gongitsune [Gon, the Little Fox], Tebukuro Wo Kaini [Buying Mittens], Ojii-san No Rampu [Grandfather’s Lamp], Ushi Wo Tsunaida Tsubaki No Ki [A Camellia Tree to which a Cow was Tethered], Hananoki-mura To Nusubitotachi [Hananoki Village and the Thieves], Kyusuke-kun No Hanashi [A Story About Kyusuke], and Denden Mushi No Kanashimi [The Sorrow of a Snail]. Nankichi’s stories, which are full of narrativity unfolding in the world of his hometown, continue to be read widely to this day.

Associated facilities/
places

Niimi Nankichi Memorial Museum

Niimi Nankichi Memorial Museum

The museum exhibits valuable documentary of the life and works of Nankichi Niimi, a writer of children’s stories from Handa who is known for his masterpieces such as Gongitsune [Gon, the Little Fox] and Tebukuro Wo Kaini [Buying Mittens]. The area has the places associated with Nankichi, such as his birthplace and the temples and shrines depicted in his works.
Yanabe Nishimachi 1-10-1, Handa
http://www.nankichi.gr.jp/