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私にとって絵本は、やさしさの種です。


一度種を蒔けば、きっと、いつか、


心に花を咲かせると思います。

子供の頃に、花を咲かせる人もいれば、


大人になって花を咲かせる人もいます。


花が咲けば種ができ、


その種がまた蒔かれていきます。


私は、世界中にやさしさの種を


蒔いていきたいと思っています。


そして、世界中にやさしさの花が


咲いてくれる事を祈っています。
              うさ   

Picture book is a seed of "tenderness".

Once it is sown, one day, flower will bloom in your heart.

One may have flower in childhood, and the other may have in adulthood.

Flower brings seeds, and seeds go everywhere.

My work is to sow the seeds of "tenderness" all over the world.

And I am always dreaming all the world become happy.

                    Usa

うさ

絵本作家・劇作家・演出家

災害で消えた小さな命展代表、災害時ペット捜索・救助チームうーにゃん代表、劇団Sol.星の花代表


俳優業・詩・芝居脚本・演出・・などを経験しながら絵を描き続ける。

1991年「劇団8つのみかん水」を立ち上げ、脚本・演出を手掛ける。その他、映画や舞台では、俳優としても出演。

2003年、初めて描いた絵本『ひとやすみ』が絵本コンテストにて大賞を受賞。

それがきっかけとなって、絵本を描くようになる。

2004年より、イタリアで開催される、ボローニャブックフェアに参加。

その後、海外を中心に絵本出版やアート活動をしている。

2011年に起きた東日本大震災で、多くの動物たちも犠牲になったことを知り、

動物も人間も同じ命であることを訴えるチャリティー絵画展「震災で消えた小さな命展」の

開催を決意。日本各地・海外で開催。

現在も同展のために奔走するかたわら、講演を通してペット同伴避難の必要性を訴えている。

2014年には同展のエピソードをもとにした絵本『ぼくは海になった』(くもん出版)を上梓。

2016年熊本地震より、ペットレスキューチーム「災害時ペット捜索・救助チームうーにゃん」を結成。災害時に限らず、動物たちの保護活動もしている。

2017年、もっと多くの人に命の平等・大切さを伝えるため、劇団sol.星の花 を立ち上げ、脚本・演出を担当、役者としても出演する。劇中歌の作詞・作曲も手掛ける。

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Usa 

Picture book writer, Playwright, Drama director

Representative of “Precious Little Lives Lost in Disasters”

Representative of “Wow-meow” - pet search and rescue team in time of disaster

Representative of Theatrical company “Gekidan Sol. Flower of Stars”

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Born in Aichi prefecture

Living in Chiba prefecture

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When I look back at my life, I have always been drawing. Even now as an actor, poet, playwright, drama director and so on, I’m still drawing.


1991
Set up a theatrical company “Mikan-sui”

Wrote scenarios and directed dramas while performing as an actor in films and on stage.


2003

My first picture book “Hitoyasuim”(“Take a Breather”) won a picture book contest grand prize. That is why I started drawing picture books.


2004

Participated in “Bologna Children’s Book Fair” in Italy. After this, I kept taking an active part in picture book publishing and art, mainly abroad.


2011

The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011 causing a huge tsunami and along with people also many animals were died. I learned that among these animals were many who would certainly have been saved if they had been human. That made me decide to hold a charity exhibition called “Precious Little Lives Lost in the Earthquake” in order to persuade people to consider the lives of animals to be equal to that of humans. The exhibition was held in across Japan as well as abroad.


2014

“I Became the Sea” (Kumon Publishing) was published. This picture book is based on one particular true story I learned about through my exhibition “Precious Little Lives Lost in the Earthquake.”


2016

The Kumamoto Earthquake occurred. I set up the pet rescue team “ Wow- meow” to save animals. Since then, we don’t only act when disaster strikes, we also help care for and rehome animals, and provide protection in times of need.


2017

I set up the theatrical company “Gekidan Sol. Flower of Stars” with the same

objective of considering all lives (human and animal) as equal. My roles within the company were playwright, director and also actor. I wrote both the words and the music for the song “Song of Life” performed in the drama.

I am continuing to hold my charity exhibition “Precious Lives Lost in

Disasters” in various places throughout the world. I am also actively public speaking about my cause of animal and human equality in regards to evacuating pets along with their human owners when disasters occur. 


うさの活動 -Usa's activities-