The 11th New Children’s Picture Book Prize


mokumoku studio won the second prize of the 11th New Children’s Picture Book Prize (Atarashi Sosaku Ehon Taisho) for one of our newest work “Ringo Mushi -Apple Bug-“. It became a very good opportunity for me to show our picture book to the prominent artists and picture book experts and have them evaluate my work.

I always felt hesitant about competitions in general. You need to expose your innocent art to people who you have never met and have them judge whether it is good or bad.

The hierarchy of the awards are clearly defined but in the end the quality of art can’t be quantitatively indicated. The reasons can be verbally explained later but what you need to rely on during the judgment is your sense. Sense is very obscure and uncertain. It is depressing to think that viewers could be influenced by the judgement when they see the work.  

However, I try to change my mindset. It is a tiny part of the process and an outcome of a vast journey and it has so much more possibility.  Maybe entering my work to a competition is not bad when I think in this way. I make art to express something. Sometimes I just want to hide in my closet during the process. Birds of a feather flock together. When I feel stuck maybe it is a good idea to expose my work to the outside air and get various critiques, which might lead to further growth and bring you unexpected findings. 

I would like to try again.


> The 11th New Children’s Picture Book Prize

the grand finale


Today, mokumoku studio released the last episode of the corona manga documentary project as the grand finale. This was in a way the first large project we did since we relaunched mokumoku studio.

Given this global pandemic, we thought about what we can do as artists and decided to document the voices we hear in this unprecedented time. We have been so motivated to express the stories we heard from people as each of them was very different.

mokumoku studio was launched as hoping to be the platform to collaborate with people and incorporate their stories and make art of them. This time we got to create 26 art pieces collaboratively with the 26 people. It must have been very hard to verbalize some of the feelings and experiences. We are so thankful that people trusted us and let us hear their stories.

As mokumoku studio, we strongly feel that we need to continue making something that can touch viewers’ hearts and deliver art to you all however the world changes and what the world values in the next coming post corona era. Thank you very much for reading our manga for 26 days!! See you all very soon!