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List of notable or famous art directors from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top art directors born in Japan and even some popular art directors who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese art directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These art directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known art director from Japan is included when available.

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This historic art directors from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese art directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous art directors from Japan?" These prominent art directors of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese art directors.

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Akira Toriyama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Art Directors from Japan
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Akira Toriyama is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known work—and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger. Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration. He earned the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga with Dr. Slump, and it went on to sell over 35 million copies in Japan. It was adapted into a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

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Eiko Ishioka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Art Directors from Japan
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Eiko Ishioka was a Japanese art director, costume and graphic designer known for her work in stage, screen, advertising and print media. Noted for her advertising campaigns for the Japanese boutique chain Parco, she designed uniforms and outerwear for members of the Swiss, Canadian, Japanese and Spanish teams at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and was the director of costume design for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula and was posthumously nominated for an Academy Award in the same category for her work in Tarsem Singh’s 2012 film ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Fumiaki Suzaka


Fumiaki Suzaka is a production designer, set decorator and film art director. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Ken Sugimori is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Art Directors from Japan
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Ken Sugimori is a Japanese video game designer, illustrator, manga artist, and director. He is most famous as the character designer and art director for the Pokémon franchise. Sugimori is also credited with the art direction for other titles, including Pulseman. Sugimori designed and drew all of the original 151 Pokémon himself. He has worked on the various Pokémon movies, trading cards, and other games like the Super Smash Bros. series. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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