Born in Osaka Prefecture, in 1948. A Manga Artist, and Professor of Osaka University of Arts.
As a high school student, Ms. Satonaka was awarded the first Kodansha New Cartoonist Award for gPia no Shouzouh (Piafs portrait). She went on to publish works appealing to child and adult audiences, and dealing with a wide range of topics. For over 50 years she has illustrated almost 500 titles.
Awards include the Lifetime Works and Cultural Activities award from the Japan Ministry of Culture and Science in 2006, the commendation of the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs in 2010, the Kojiki Grand Prize Ono Yasumaro Award for Manga Classical Literature - Kojiki (An Account of Ancient Matters) in 2013, and the Foreign Ministerfs Commendation for FY2014.
Ms. Satonaka has created a number of successful works including gAriesu no Otometachih (Maidens of Aries), gUmi no Oororah (Aurora at the ocean), gAsunarozakah (Asunaro Hill), gAijintachih (Lovers), gJotei no Shukih (Diary of the Empress), gGirisha Shinwah (Greek Legends), gKyuyaku Seishoh (Old Testament), gKojikih and gTenjou no Nijih (Celestial Rainbow).
In addition to authoring books, she contributes in a range of other areas including as a director of the Japan Cartoonists Association, head of the Manga Japan foundation, representative of the Asia Manga Summit Administering Authority NPO, and head of the Osaka University of Arts Character Creative Arts Department.
An illustrated diary that simply recorded gthis or that happenedh would be a mere report. The work comes alive when the artist conveys what he or she felt about something. Then we bond with the artist in a joyful empathy. Illustrated diaries, more than just text and more than just pictures, are a chance for the artists to relive experiences, to reconfirm what they saw, what they felt, what they thought.
Some of the works deal with such powerful subjects as death and parting. Others present simple but endearing accounts of daily life. The illustrated diaries are a convincing reminder that children and adults have the same basic feelings.
We saw a big differential between nations in the early years of the Enikki Festa in the quality of drawing materials. That differential has narrowed greatly. I would like to think that the change signifies a gradual improvement in living standards in Asiafs less-developed nations. Pictorial expression reflects the guidance that teachers provide by way of example, and the individuality that we see in each region is heartening. It is reassurance that the children of Asia are more alive than ever.