Born in 1964 in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan in 1964. After graduating from university, aspired to become an animator and moved to Tokyo. Debuted with Hiatari Ryokou!. Became a freelancer, and was in charge of visuals for Akira and Majo no Takyuubin, also in charge of the original pictures for Lupin III Bye Bye Liberty Kikiippatu, Perfect Blue, etc and debuted as a director with Golden Boy. Thereafter, joined Studio Ghibli to work on the original drawings of *Ho-hokekyo Tonari-no-Yamada-kun. Served as the director for theatrical work, Neko-no-Ongaeshi, upon appointment by creator Hayao Miyazaki.
( 2002 )