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Feminist Manga Creator Murasaki Yamada Passes Away

posted on 2009-05-07 01:24 EDT
Prominent contributor to COM, Garo alternative manga magazines

The Tokyo Shimbun paper has confirmed on Thursday that Murasaki Yamada, a prominent feminist manga creator, essayist, and poet, passed away in a Kyoto hospital on Tuesday at 4:16 a.m. She was 60. Her husband, Chikao Shiratori, had announced her passing on his official blog on Tuesday. Yamada, whose real name is Mitsuko Shiratori, was born in Tokyo in 1948. She was working in Kyoto as a professor at Kyoto Seika University and taught in the university's famed Faculty of Manga.

Yamada made her debut in Mushi Production's alternative manga magazine COM in 1969. Her work later appeared in Seirindo's Monthly Manga Garo magazine and similar alternative-press publications. Among Yamada's titles were Shōwaru-Neko (pictured above), Ai no Katachi (pictured at left), and Shinkirari. She once ran for a seat in Japan's House of Councillors as part of the Chikyū Club political organization in 1989.


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