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

With people ranging from Hayao Miyazaki to Satoshi Urushihara, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

Use this list of renowned Japanese illustrators to discover some new illustrators that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (25 items)
Ed Tsuwaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Illustrators from Japan
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Ed Tsuwaki is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and fashion/product designer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Saeki-ku, Hiroshima, Japan

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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Illustrators from Japan
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Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, and American directors Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles. Born in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Miyazaki began his animation career in 1963, when he joined Toei Animation. From there, Miyazaki worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon, where he ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 77

Birthplace: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

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#40 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#50 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked

#12 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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Hirosuke Ueno


Hirosuke Ueno is an illustrator. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Jun Suemi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Illustrators from Japan
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Jun Suemi


Jun Suemi is a Japanese illustrator, born in Ōita, Ōita, Japan. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: Oita, Japan