Famous People in Japan

Fujiko Fujio

Original name Date of Birth Place of Birth
Mr. Fujimoto Hiroshi Fujimoto 1 December 1933 Takaoka, Toyama
Mr.Abiko Motoo Abiko 10 March 1934 Hyomi, Toyama

'Fujiko Fujio' was the pen name of two men, who drew comics as a team. Their works are popular among children.

They were in the fifth grade of elementary school when they first met each other. At that time they started to draw some comics as a joint work and they continued to do so in junior high school.

They contributed articles under the name of 'Fujiko Fujio,' and in 1952, they made their debut with the comic "Tenshi-no Tamachan." In 1954 they came up to Tokyo, and two years later, organized 'The Shin Manga-to' with some cartoonists, including Fujio Akatsuka and Syotaro Ishimori. Then they started to produce animations, forming 'The Studio-zero' in 1963. The next year 'Fujiko Fujio' succeeded with the blockbuster serial comic "Obake-no Qtaro," which appeared in "Shonen Sunday". Thanks to it later becoming animated, it became synonymous with comics for children.

After that, they consistently wrote fantastic works with motifs from children's daily life, and became known all over the world. They won some prizes for their comics. Some of their most significant works are, "Ninjya Hattori-kun," "Kaibutsu-kun," "Paa-man," "Umeboshi-denka," "Mataro-ga-kuru," "Professional Golfer Saru," and "Doraemon" (Shogakukan Jidou Manga-sho in 1963, and the Japan Anime-taisho Kyakuhon Saiyusyu-syo in 1988). It has sold almost 7,500,000 copies, and became a bestseller.

But in the end of 1987, 'Fujiko Fujio' broke up to develop in their own directions , Mr.Abiko under the name of 'Fujiko Fujio (A)' and Mr.Fujimoto 'Fujiko Fujio (F)' (later 'Fujiko.F.Fujio'). Fujiko Fujio (A) passed away in 1988, and Fujiko Fujio(F) passed away in September of 1996.

 References: Gendai Nihonjinmeiroku, 1987

Shintei Gendai Nihonjinmeiroku 94, 1994

Reported by: umiko Hosokawa
Data verified by: Sachiko Yoshida
Date of Report: November 1995
Updated by: Hisako Kinoshita, October 1997
Updated by: Kayo Kawahara & Makoto Yamamoto, May 1998

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