It has been Idea's honor to
produce illustrated books every year in collaboration with
artist Kenji Matsuda.
Based on Japanese themes, the books give us the opportunity
to introduce traditional Japanese culture to readers worldwide
through the medium of illustrated books that both children
and adults can enjoy. We hope that these books, first printed
in 1996, have contributed at least a little to a broader understanding
of the history and nature of Japan, as well as the values and
customs of the Japanese people.
The books are multilingual, with the original Japanese text
displayed side by side with English, Spanish, Chinese, and
other languages. Each page is enlivened by the whimsical art
of Mr. Matsuda, in an attractive presentation that draws readers
in. We are happy that readers of all ages, and from around
the world, have been able to enjoy this series.