Famous Illustrators from Japan

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.

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  • Ed Tsuwaki
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    Ed Tsuwaki is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and fashion/product designer.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Saeki-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of animated feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest animation filmmakers. Born in Bunkyō Ward of Tokyo, Miyazaki expressed interest in manga and animation from an early age, and he joined Toei Animation in 1963. During his early years at Toei Animation he worked as an in-between artist and later collaborated with director Isao Takahata. Notable films to which Miyazaki contributed at Toei include ...more
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hirosuke Ueno

    Hirosuke Ueno is an illustrator.
    • Birthplace: Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Jun Suemi
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    Jun Suemi

    Jun Suemi (末弥純 Suemi Jun, born 1959) is a Japanese illustrator, born in Ōita, Ōita, Japan.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Oita, Japan
  • Katsumi Komagata
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    Katsumi Komagata is a Japanese graphic designer.
    • Age: 70
  • Katsuya Terada
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    Katsuya Terada (寺田 克也, Terada Katsuya, born December 7, 1963), is a Japanese illustrator and cartoonist from the town of Tamano, Okayama. His alias is Rakugakingu (ラクガキング, "Doodle King").
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Tamano, Japan