November 1 (Tue)

4:00P.M. – 5:00P.M.

Conversation with Yoshitake Shinsuke

World-renowned children’s book author, Yoshitake Shinsuke, will talk about the creation of NHK program "Awesome Homework".
He talks about his source of inspiration as well as his favorite programs from childhood.

  • * Simultaneous Japanese/English interpretation available
  • * Captions in real-time is avaiable via UD Talk.
Abe Michiko

Abe Michiko

NHK Announcer


Abe joined NHK in 2000. She currently hosts “100 Pun de Meicho [A 100-minute introduction to a literary masterpiece]” on the NHK Educational TV channel and various other programs. A book lover since childhood, even now she makes time for reading every day. Yoshitake Shinsuke’s books are some of her favorites, and she has read and laughed over them with her children countless times.

Yoshitake Shinsuke

Yoshitake Shinsuke

Picture Book Author


Author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Born 1973 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Completed Plastic Arts & Mixed Media course, School of Art & Design, University of Tsukuba.
In 2013, published his first picture book, “It Might Be an Apple”, which was followed by numerous others, including “I Can Explain” and “If You’re Too Hot Just Take That Off”, as well as a collection of sketches, “Delicacy Gymnastics”, and an essay, “Omowazu Kangaechau [Thinking, thinking, thinking]”. Has won numerous awards, including the MOE Picture Book Shop Award, the Arts Prize of the Sankei Children’s Book Award, the Shimpu Prize, the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. Many of his works have been translated into other languages.
Recently published “Annani Annani [It’s like that]” and “Kami wa Konnani Kucha-kucha dakedo [My hair is all messed up]”. Father of two children.