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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

Spanning a career of over 50 years, celebrated Japanese-French writer and illustrator Satomi Ichikawa has enthralled readers across generations and cultures with her stories that contain profound emotional depth. In this session, hear from the renowned author as she shares concepts of her work, and the development of her own storytelling style in the process.

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Satomi Ichikawa

Satomi Ichikawa (Japan/France)

Having left her home in Japan, Satomi Ichikawa arrived one day in Paris, without knowing a single word of French. She decided to stay no matter what the price. She didn’t know that her professional calling was in the field of drawing – she had this revelation while looking through an illustrated book by Maurice Boutet de Monvel.

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