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Rieko Saibara is a catoonist known for her work that has both a lyrical and “rebellious” side to it. While regarded as a rebel in the cartoonist world, at times shocking her readers with indecent expressions, she also brings them to tears by her portrayal of hopeless poverty, affection to her children and descriptions of separation with her husband. The cartoons introduced here are from her series “Mainichi Kasan”, which three books so far sold 500,000 copies and won several prizes – including the Cultural Affairs Agency’s media art festival award in 2004 and Osamu Tezuka Cultural prize in 2005.

CARTOONS COURTESY OF RIEKO SAIBARA AND MAINICHI SHIMBUN.

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