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About Yuki Midorikawa
Yuki Midorikawa (緑川ゆき, Midorikawa Yuki) is a Japanese mangaka (manga artist). She was born on May 23, 1976 in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Now, Yuki Midorikawa is best known for drawing the manga series Natsume Yujin-cho ("Natsume's Book of Friends").
She attracted many readers with sensitive and lyrical stories, characters with strength and straightforwardness, and gentle atmosphere. She published many one-shot manga and serial manga, in manga magazine LaLa and LaLa DX.
She likes tea drinking and taking a walk.
Yuki Midorikawa and Kumamoto
Her last name Midorikawa was named after one of the river in Kumamoto, Midori-kawa ("green river"), was named by her older sister(*1). She loves her hometown Kumamoto and often names characters in her works after place names in Kumamoto(*2).
So it that her manga is often said to have the scenery and the taste based on Kumamoto. It is known that the anime staffs of Natsume Yujin-cho visited Kumamoto for coverage(*3). So we can see the same view in both Kumamoto and Natsume Yujin-cho anime's background. For these reasons, some fans travel around Kumamoto to enjoy the Yuki Midorikawa's manga (and anime). This idea is sometimes called, "seichi-junrei" or simply "junrei". It means "pilgrimage to sacred places".
On 2011, Natsume staffs announced officially that the places where they had visited for coverage were Hitoyoshi City and its vicinity in Kumamoto Prefecture. At that time collaboration of Natsume and Hitoyoshi City started.
I updated my junrei pics on my Flickr.
There are more information of Midorikawa's "junrei" in Japanese version AkaiHana.
*1 see: LaLa issued in March 2000, her comments.
*2 see: Akaku Saku Koe vol.2, her comments.
*3 see: Natsume Yujin-cho vol.6. her comments.
Yuki Midorikawa started writing manga when she was an elementary school girl. When she was a junior high school student, she sent her manga for the first time to "Hana to Yume". Since then, she had kept drawing manga to become mangaka. (*4)
In 1998, she debuted with the short story Kohi Hirari (Coffee-Hirari, 珈琲ひらり, collected in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2) and won "Fresh debut prize" at 18th LMG (LaLa Manga Grand prize). After that, she won Shinjin Shou ("New face prize") at Athena Shinjin Taishou ("Athena great new face award", by Hakusensha) in 1999 for her first published story Akaku Saku Koe. Natsume Yujin-cho was one of twelve finalists for the Manga Taisho ("Manga Awards") in 2008. And it won the 3rd prize at Book of the Year 2012 Manga Award by Da Vinci magazine in 2012.
Her most popular art Natsume Yujin-cho was adapted into an anime television series four times (in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012). In 2013, Hakusensha announced that this series sold over 8 million volumes.(*5) She was named a Person of Hitoyoshi Onsen Kankou Kyoukai ("Hitoyoshi Hotspring Tourist Association") Tourism Merit with Anime Natsume Yujin-cho Production Committee in 2012.
She worked as one of two instructors in LMS Idou Kyoushitsu ("LaLa Manga School traveling class"), in 2000 and 2010.
She sits on a jury in LMG since 2007. LMG judges are chosen from LaLa's famous and capable mangaka.
*4 see: ぱふ issued in May 2005, her interview.
*5: 4 Jan. 2013.
The interviews database is only provided in Japanese version AkaiHana, sorry.
- 1998:Hana Dorobou (花泥棒, collected in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2)
- 1998:Kohi Hirari (珈琲ひらり, collected in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2)
- 1999:Namae no Nai Kyaku (名前のない客, collected in Atsui Hibi)
- 2000:Natsu niwa Tameiki wo Tsuku (夏にはため息をつく, collected in Natsume Yujin-cho Vol.7)
- 2001:Atsui Hibi (アツイヒビ, collected in Atsui Hibi)
- 2001:Hana no Ato (花の跡, collected in Atsui Hibi)
- 2002:Samui Hi mo (寒い日も。, collected in Atsui Hibi)
- 2002:Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2002:Kurukuru Ochiba (くるくる落ち葉, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2003:Hibi Fukaku (ひび、深く, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2003:Hanauta Nagaruru (花唄流るる, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2003:Taion no Kakera (体温のかけら, collected in Aizoban Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2004:Manabiya no Sumi (まなびやの隅, collected in Natsume Yujin-cho Vol.6)
- 2004:Akatsuki no Majutsushi (暁の魔術師)
- 2005:Hoshi mo Mienai (星も見えない, collected in Aizoban Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2015:Hitotsu no Yoru to Sen no Asa (一つの夜と千の朝)
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) (1999-2001)
- Hana Oi Bito (花追い人) (2001)(*6)
- Hiiro no Isu (緋色の椅子) (2002-2004)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) (2003, 2005-current)(*7)
*6 The information about Hana Oi Bito is only provided in Japanese version AkaiHana, sorry. And please check here(in English).
*7 The first Natsume Yujin-chou episode was published on LaLaDX in 2003 as one-shot. The seconde episode published in 2005 was also as one-shot. It was from the third episode in 2005 that Natsume Yujin-chou was started on a series manga.
See Tankobon (Wikipedia). There are helpful information about Japanese manga books.
There are some tankobon of Yuki Midorikawa, published by Hakusensha Inc. in Japan. We call it "Hana to Yume Comics"
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) vol.1 (Jan. 2000)
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) vol.2 (Jun. 2000)
- including: Hana Dorobou (花泥棒)
- including: Kohi Hirari (珈琲ひらり)
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) vol.3 (Apr. 2001)
- Atsui Hibi (アツイヒビ) (Jun. 2002)
- including: Atsui Hibi (アツイヒビ)
- including: Hana no Ato (花の跡)
- including: Samui Hi mo (寒い日も。)
- including: Namae no Nai Kyaku (名前のない客)
- Hiiro no Isu (緋色の椅子) vol.1 (Dec. 2002)
- Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ) (Jul. 2003)
- including: Hanauta Nagaruru (花唄流るる)
- including: Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ)
- including: Kurukuru Ochiba (くるくる落ち葉)
- including: Hibi Fukaku (ひび、深く)
- Hiiro no Isu (緋色の椅子) vol.2 (Jan. 2004)
- Hiiro no Isu (緋色の椅子) vol.3 (Sept. 2004)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.1 (Oct. 2005)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.2 (Aug. 2006)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.3 (Feb. 2007)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.4 (Aug. 2007)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.5 (Mar. 2008)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.6 (Jul. 2008)
- including: Manabiya no Sumi (まなびやの隅)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.7 (Jan. 2009)
- including: Natsu niwa Tameiki wo Tsuku (夏にはため息をつく)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.8 (Jul. 2009)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.9 (Jan. 2010)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.10 (Jul. 2010)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.11 (Mar. 2011)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.12 (Jul. 2011)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.13 (Jan. 2012)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.14 (Jul. 2012)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.15 (Jan. 2013)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.16 (Jul. 2013)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.16 Limited Edition (Jul. 2013)
This limited version has a limited version cell-phone strap, which is figured Natsume having a fan.
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.17 (Jan. 2014)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.18 (Sept. 2014)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.19 (May. 2015)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) vol.20 (Apr. 2016)
Also see Tankobon#Bunkobon (Wikipedia). There are helpful information about Japanese manga books, especially between tankobon and bunkobon.
We call these bunkobon books "Hakusensha Bunko".
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) vol.1 (May 2008)
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) vol.2 (May 2008)
- Hiiro No Isu (緋色の椅子) vol.1 (Jan. 2012)
- Hiiro No Isu (緋色の椅子) vol.2 (Jan. 2012)
Also see Tankobon#Aizoban (Wikipedia).
- Aizoban Hotarubi no Mori e (愛蔵版 蛍火の杜へ) (Sept. 2011)
- including: Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ)
- including: Taion no Kakera (体温のかけら)
- including: Hoshi mo Mienai (星も見えない)
- including: Hotarubi no Mori e Tokubetsuhen (蛍火の杜へ 特別編) (New episode)
Official fan book, extra number
Official fan book
- Natsume Yujin-cho Official Fan Book - Natsume to Yujintachi - ("Natsume and his friends")
(夏目友人帳公式ファンブック－夏目と友人たち－, 白泉社) (Jan. 2009)
- Natsume Yujin-cho Official Nyan Book - Nyanko-sensei Yujincho -
(夏目友人帳公式ニャンブック ニャンコ先生友人帳, 白泉社) (Jul. 2009)
- TV anime Natsume Yujin-cho Tsuiso-roku - Atatakai Jikan -
(TVアニメ「夏目友人帳」追想録－あたたかい時間－, 学研マーケティング) (Sept. 2009)
- Natsume Yujin-cho PASH! ANIMATION FILE 10
(夏目友人帳 PASH! ANIMATION FILE 10, 主婦と生活社) (
May 2012 -> )
- Natsume Yujin-cho Visual Fan Book Natsume Garaku-cho
(夏目友人帳ビジュアルファンブック 夏目画楽帳, 白泉社) (Jan. 2014)
- Natsume Yujin-cho Special Book - Nyanko-sensei Kojo Kengaku - ("Nyanko-sensei Factory Tour")
(夏目友人帳スペシャルブック ニャンコ先生工場見学, 白泉社) (Sept. 2014)
- Natsume Yujin-cho Nyanko-sensei Youmou Felt Tezukuri Kits ("Nyanko-sensei Handmade Sheep Wool Kits")
(夏目友人帳 ニャンコ先生羊毛フェルト手作りキット, 白泉社) (Sept. 2014)
note: "Nyan" is cat's "meow". It means Nyanko-sensei tribute fan book.
These fan books features that: interviews with Yuki Midorikawa, illustrations collection, characters' biographies, characters popularity vote, stories popularity vote, games, supplement seal, how to make Nyanko-sensei sweets, and so on.
- Natsume Yujin-cho Gensen-shu - Natsu - ("Natsume Yujin-cho selected episodes -summer-")
Extra number of LaLaDX issued in Aug. 2011 (Jul. 2011)
re-including: Natsume Yujin-chou episode 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 16, 19 and special episode of Kogitsune.
- Natsume Yujin-cho Gensen-shu - Fuyu - ("Natsume Yujin-cho selected episodes -winter-")
Extra number of LaLaDX issued in Feb. 2012 (Jan. 2012)
re-including: Natsume Yujin-chou episode 2, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, and special episode
new episode: Natsume Yujin-chou (about middle class yokai)
- Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳) - 1st season (Jul. 2008)
- Zoku Natsume Yujin-chou (続 夏目友人帳) - 2nd season (Jan. 2009)
- Natsume Yujin-cho San (夏目友人帳 参) - 3rd season (Jul. 2011)
- Natsume Yujin-cho Shi (夏目友人帳 肆) - 4th season (Jan. 2012)
note: "Zoku" is "continued", means second season.
note: "San" is "three" or "third", means third season.
note: "Shi" is "four" or "fouth", means fourth season.
See Wikipedia Natsume yujinchou#Anime.
- Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ) Short film (Sept. 2011)
won Scotland Loves Animation 2011. (Oct. 2011)
won film anime award 2011 at Mainichi Film Award (毎日映画コンクール). (Jan. 2012)
See Wikipedia Hotarubi no Mori e.
- Natsume Yujin-cho Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni (いつかゆきのひに) (Feb. 2014)
- Natsume Yujin-cho by Sadayuki Murai (村井さだゆき)
- Ayakashi no Ne (妖の音) (Jul. 2011)
published in Natsume Yujin-cho Gensen-shu - Natsu -
- Ayakashi no Yumeji (妖の夢路) (Jan. 2012)
published in Natsume Yujin-cho Gensen-shu - Fuyu -
- Syosetsu Natsume Yujin-cho (小説・夏目友人帳) (Jan. 2013)
- including: Ayakashi no Ne (妖の音)
- including: Ayakashi no Yumeji (妖の夢路)
- including: Rampu-do Kitan (ランプ堂奇譚) (New Episode)
Yonkoma manga (4-cell manga)
- Nyanko Sensei ga Iku! (ニャンコ先生が行く！) by Junko Kanechiku (カネチクヂュンコ)
- Sound Theater × Natsume Yujin-cho -Tsudoi Ongeki no Shou- (夏目友人帳―集い 音劇の章) (Sept. 2013)
- Reading performance by the same casts as the anime
- Sound Theater × Natsume Yujin-cho -Tsudoi Ongeki no Shou Futatabi- (夏目友人帳―集い 音劇の章・再び) (Dec. 2015)
- Reading performance by the same casts as the anime (Replay)
note: "Futatabi" is "again", means replay.
There are many goods for example, Nyanko-sensei's stuffed animal, Nyanko-sensei's strap for a mobile phone, a memo pad printed with some characters, and several drama CDs. All drama CD's list is here(Japanese)
Natsume Yujin-cho goods are on sale at anime goods shop "Animate".
But most of goods were used to be released as "furoku" ("free supplement to a magazine") or "zensa" (a kind of mail order limited to a magazine) in LaLa or LaLaDX. So the newest or newer goods are easy to get but olders are hard. Of course you can try searching Japanese net auction but I'd recommend you give up just like many Japanese fans.
NOTE (5 May 2012): Now, some online shops sale many Natsume Yujin-cho's merchandises including DVDs and CDs to overseas. See below;
The goods database covering all furoku and zensa is only provided in Japanese version AkaiHana, sorry.
In 30 Jun. 2011, Hitoyoshi-Kuma Shun-ka-shu-to Campain Planning Committee (ひとよし・くま旬夏秋冬キャンペーン実行委員会, belonging to Hitoyoshi City) has decided to launch a tie-up project with TV anime Natsume Yujin-cho. Hitoyoshi-Kuma area, the south of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, are the model place of the anime.
- Hitoyoshi Onsen (人吉温泉, "Hitoyoshi Hot Spring") (27 Jul. 2011 - unknown)
made a sightseeing map(junrei map) and posters with Natsume Yujin-cho,
- Hitoyoshi Hanabi Taikai (人吉花火大会, "Hitoyoshi Fireworks Display")
15 Aug. -> 17 Aug. postponed due to heavy rain twice. 2011)
using Natsume Yujin-cho's illustration on the poster,
- Natsume X Hitoyoshi Stamps (探訪記念のオリジナルスタンプ) (14 Jan. 2012 - unknown)
There are 4 original Natsume X Hitoyoshi commemorative stamps in Hitoyoshi. Fans can stamp their notes free there.
- Hitoyoshi City Office with Natsume's Crane Machine (23 Jan. 2012 - unknown)
It was in Hitoyoshi city office at first, and moved in Ishino park (石野公園) in Hitoyoshi city.
- Natsume Yujin-cho Original Goods Sale (3 May 2012 - unknown)
Hitoyoshi city makes several new Nyanko sensei's merchandises limited sale in Hitoyoshi City.
- Hitoyoshi Oshiro Matsuri (人吉お城まつり, "Hitoyoshi castle festival") (3 and 4 May 2012)
with Natsume Yujin-cho's booth, merchandises sale, crane machine etc.
- Hitoyoshi Hanabi Taikai (人吉花火大会, "Hitoyoshi Fireworks Display") (15 Aug. 2012)
using Natsume Yujin-cho's illustration on the poster.
- Hitoyoshi Harukaze Marathon (ひとよし春風マラソン, "Hitoyoshi spring wind-marathon") (17 Feb. 2013)
A prize for participation is colabo towel of Nyanko sensei.
- Natasume Yujin-cho Nyanko Sensei Special Ticket For Koufuku Station (夏目友人帳「ニャンコ先生」幸福切符) (
5 Feb. 2013 -> )
Kumagawa Rail Road has Okadome-Koufuku Station, Koufuku (幸福) means happiness.
- Natsume Yujin-cho Nyanko Sensei Special One Day Ticket with Natsume Yujin-cho's Illustrations (くま川鉄道夏目友人帳記念きっぷ) (from 1 Jul. 2013 to 1 Sept. 2013)
by Kumagawa Rail Road. Llimited release two tickets of each 5000 copies. (totaly 10000 copies)
- Hitoyoshi Hanabi Taikai (人吉花火大会, "Hitoyoshi Fireworks Display") (15 Aug. 2013)
using Natsume Yujin-cho's illustration on the poster.
Mangaka's autograph sessions are our only opportunity to meet mangaka his/herself. It is often held to commemorate the release of tankobon. There you can talk with mangaka a short time and get his/her autograph. Some fans hand fan letters or presents (handmade charactor goods, his/her favorites and so on). Many mangaka say that make them happy.
Yuki Midorikawa's autograph session has been held only few times.
- 1st: 6 Aug. 2006
- To commemorate the release of Natsume Yujin-chou Vol.2 in Kyoto.
- Her own report is in Natsume Yujin-chou Vol.3.
- 2nd: 16 Mar. 2008
- To commemorate the release of Natsume Yujin-chou Vol.5 in Tokyo.
- Her own report is in Natsume Yujin-chou Vol.6.
- The official report written by Hakusensha is here (in Japanese).
- 3rd: 17 Jul. 2011
- To commemorate the release of Natsume Yujin-chou Vol.12 in Fukuoka (on Fukuya Shoten).
- Starting to accept orders on 7 July in the front of the store.
- 4th: 18 Aug. 2013
- To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Natsume Yujin-chou in Tokyo (on Libro Ikebukuro).
During the exhibitions of Yuki Midorikawa's original pictures (Natsume Yujin-chou, Akaku Saku Koe, Hiiro no Isu, and others)
- At 10:00am on 18 Aug. 2013, it starts that giving out the numbered tickets on the store.
The news of autograph session will be usually announced before only three or four weeks in LaLa. Only about 150 people in order of receipt can join in the autograph session. In some cases, you can make a reservation by phone, but must speak Japanese.
However, if you can manage to come over to the autograph session from far, Yuki Midorikawa will certainly appreciate your visit. I recommend you write a fan letter, in Japanese or English. And I think you should learn some of the words in Japanese, for example; 「あなたに会うために[your country]から来ました。あなたの作品が大好きです。」 (anata ni au tame ni [your country] kara kimashita. anata no sakuhinn ga daisuki desu.) It means "I'm from [your country] today to meet you, I like your works very much!".
I will update the information of next session as soon as I get.
Fan letter address
Ms. Midorikawa frequently says "Thank you very much for your letters!" in tankobon. Why not send her a letter? Just tell her "I like your manga", and she'll be happy.
- Address (Hakusensha office in Japan):
- Ms. Yuki Midorikawa
c/o Editional Office of Monthly LaLa
2-2-2 Awaji-chou Kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
I recommend writing your fan letter in Japanese or English ;-)
Her fan letter address in Japanese is here.
About this site and me
Welcome to my Yuki Midorikawa unofficial fan site AkaiHana ("red flower"). I am a Japanese Midorikawa fan, named Ageo, in my 30's, live in
Fukuoka prefecture in Japan.
I read her work for the first time in 2000. I am her fan since then and read all of her works. I began to collect references related to her in September 2005 and put those information on AkaiHana.
I made this English version for non-Japanese Midorikawa fans. This page has a part of information about Yuki Midorikawa. If you want more detailed and the newest information about her, you can go to Japanese version AkaiHana.
Unfortunately, I am bad at English, if you find something wrong, please let me know :-)
Please enjoy Yuki Midorikawa's Manga works. Thank you. (Aug. 2009)
Why I made this page (28 July, 2009)
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I can read Japanese and easy English. Please e-mail me in these languages. I don't accept attachments. Please write the keywords, "Yuki Midorikawa" or "AkaiHana" on your e-mail title to anti-spam. I get a lot of spam mails everyday, thank you for your cooperation.
Please check my memo (in Japanese). Sometimes there is the response to your message in English.
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