Shigeru Mizuki, born on March 8, 1922, in Sakaiminato, Tottori, is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. In Japan, the life of Mizuki and his wife has been portrayed in an extremely popular daily television drama. Mizuki is the recipient of many awards, including the Best Album award for NonNonBa at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award, a Kyokujitsu Sho Decoration, a Minister of Education Award, a Shiju Hosho Decoration, and the Kodansha Manga Award. His works have been published in Japan, South Korea, France, and Spain.
"Showa is literature, illustrated or not, at its finest: a story that sweeps you off your feet only to find, when you return to Earth, that nothing looks quite the same." --Los Angeles Times on "Showa: A History of Japan"