On February 11th, Jirô Taniguchi, one of Japan’s best known manga writer/artists, passed away.
Some of his better known work included The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods, A Distant Neighborhood, The Times of Botchan, and The Magic Mountain. In addition to collaborations with Natsuo Sekigawa, Baku Yumemakura, and Mœbius.
In Japan he was probably best known for Kadoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet), written by Masayuki Qusumi, in which a lone business traveler goes around the world eating art restaurants, a work turned into a TV series.
His work also was frequently adapted to film, notably The Summit of the Gods and A Distant Neighborhood, which was the basis of the 2010 French-language film Quartier Lointain, about a middle-aged businessman who’stransported back in time and into the body of his younger self.
Last year, NBM published Taniguchi’s Guardians of the Louvre, a part of the Louvre collection which Publishers Weekly named as a “Top Ten Graphic Novel for Spring ’16”.
Among his professional accolades, Taniguchi received the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award and won multiple awards at the Angouleme International Comics Festival.