Born in 1973 in Nagano, Japan. He studied Japanese literature in university. He worked as graphic designer for Falcom, a video game company. After three award-winning short and two feature length animation films, he has often been called as “the new Miyazaki”.
Kanojo to kanojo no neko (She and Her Cat, 1999, short)
Hoshi no koe (Voices of a Distant Star, 2003, short)
Egao (The Smile, 2003, short)
Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2004)
Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru (5 Centimeters per Second, 2007)
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