Happy san by Ryoji Arai

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A book by Ryoji Arai, a popular Japanese picture book writer who has received many awards and is also active in advertising and performing arts.

A boy and a girl who went out to meet Happy san who asked for a wish. A picture book that quietly conveys the author’s desire to wish for something.


Release Date:
September, 2003

Author profile

Ryoji Arai

Born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1956. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Art.

1986 Selected for “4th The Choice” sponsored by Genkosha. In 1990, announced “MELODY” and started making picture books. In 1991, “Yukkuri and Jojoni” was exhibited as a representative of Japan at the “Keats Award”, which is the worldwide newcomer award for picture books. It is said to be a picture book writer representing the 90’s. In 2005, she received the Swedish Children’s and Children’s Literature Award “The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award”.

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Weight 501 g


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