1931-2016 Japanese painter . After graduating fromTokyo art school he started his carreer as an illustrator of children’s books and as a cartoon author. These activities made him famous very quickly. Most people didn’t know about his art works until very recently. His painting was always based on his shocking experiences during the Tokyo bombings in 1944-1945. At the same time he had a strong sense of vitality and humor. He had a kind regard for women in bars and prostitutes. He has a taste for the grotesque, but also for beautiful poetry. His art is a mixture of darkness and optimism.