Born in Onomichi, Hiroshima in 1948. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a degree in Nihonga (Japanese-style painting). Debuted as a picture book author in 2008, the year of his 60th birthday. Akibingo’s debut work Shitano dobutsuen (Zoo Below) won the 14th Japan Picture Book Award, and a subsequent work, 30,000 ko no suika (30,000 Watermelon), won the 21st Japan Picture Book Award Grand Prize in 2015.
Awarded the 14th Japan Picture Book Award for Shitano dobutsuen
Awarded the 21st Japan Picture Book Award Grand Prize for 30,000 ko no suika
2015 Neko darake (Covered in Cats), Kumon Publishing Co.
2015 30,000 ko no suika, Kumon Publishing Co.
2012 Yudachi (Evening Shower), Kumon Publishing Co.
2009 Aiueon, Kumon Publishing Co.
2008 Shitano suizokukan (Aquarium Below), Kumon Publishing Co., Ltd.