Posts Tagged ‘Poplar Sha’

Japanese Children’s Publishers’ Foreign Rights Catalogs for Spring 2020

By Deborah Iwabuchi, Maebashi, Japan

Along with much else in the world, the 2020 Bologna Children’s Book Fair was recently cancelled. (An online fair will be held May 4–7.) We in the SCBWI Japan Translation Group know that the BCBF provides a valuable venue for Japanese publishers to showcase their works and market foreign rights, including to visitors who happen by their physical booths.

We would like to use this post to give interested parties access to the beautiful foreign rights catalogs prepared for BCBF 2020 by Japanese children’s book publishers, some of which Translation Group members had a hand in putting together.

Here are links to catalogs from major children’s publishers in Japan.

Also, the Japanese Board on Books for Young People has its curated Japanese Children’s Books 2020 list available to download. Recommendations from this year and prior years are also searchable online at Japanese Children’s Books—JBBY’s recommendations.

If you know of other catalogs we can add, please comment below or email the SCBWI Japan Translator Coordinator: japan-tc (at)

Fortunately, reading is one of the few activities not limited by social distancing, and we invite all agents and publishers to take the time to go through these offerings. As Tokyo finally gets the hang of teleworking, you may have trouble making phone calls to foreign rights departments, but emails are sure to be welcomed!

Stay safe!

Publisher Poplar to Send Authors to Tohoku Shelters

By Sako Ikegami, Kobe

One of Japan’s top children’s publishers, Poplar Sha, will be sending some of their best-loved writers to read to children in the disaster zones.

What better way to comfort these kids? They will hear their favorite books read aloud by the writers who created those very characters. These writers will include:

  • Hara Yutaka, who created the bestselling “Kaiketsu Zorori” (Zorori the Flamboyant Thief), a manga-like early reader series (sample, click book icon in upper right hand corner).
  • Kadono Eiko, author of “Obake no Acchi“(Acchi the Ghost) series, illustrated by , another early also known as the writer of the original novels which became the basis for the famous Miyazaki anime, Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Miyanishi Tatsuya penned the picture book series starring a hungry, yet loving, T. Rex in, “Omae Umasoudana (You sure look tasty)” and eight other books.
  • Nasu Masamoto‘s “Zukkoke Sanningumi (Slapstick Threesome)” is one of Japan’s longest running series which began with the story of three sixth-graders in 1978, and expanded to almost sixty volumes to date, including more recent “reunion books” where the “boys” are now in their forties.
  • Iso Miyuki has written a variety of picture books for younger readers, including translations.

These events will take place some time in mid-April and the announcement is presently on Poplar Sha’s website (in Japanese). They will soon be setting up a form where shelters can submit requests for a visit from these writers.