Born in Ise City, Mie Prefecture on 1935, the youngest child of seven. Graduated from the Department of French Language and Literature of The University of Tokyo in 1959 and entered Toei Doga(Presently attending Toei Animation). First worked on Okami Shonen Ken (Wolf Boy Ken) #14 - The Jungle's Greatest Battle- in 1964. First directed Taiyo no Oji Holus no Daiboken (Prince of the Sun, Holus' Big Adventure) in 1968. Directed Alps no Shoujo Heidi (Heidi, Girl of the Alps)(1974), Haha wo Tazunete 3000 ri (3000 Mile Search for Mama) (1976), Akage no Ann (Red-Haired Ann) (1979), Jyarinko Chie (1981), Cello Hiki no Gosch (Gosch and His Cello) (1982), Hotaru no Haka (Burning Grave) (1988), Omohide Poro Poro (1991) and Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pon Poko (Heisei Raccoon Dog Battle Ponpoko) (1994). Produced Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Naushika, Valley of the Wind) (1984) and Tenku no Shiro Raputa (Sky Castle, Raputa) (1986). He also wrote the following books (published by Tokuma Shoten Co.,LTD.) Holus no Eizo Hyogen (Holus' Visual Expression), Hanashi no Hanashi (Talking About Talk), Ki wo Ueta Otoko wo Yomu (Read the Man Who Planted the Tree), Eiga wo Tsukurinagara Kangaeta Koto (What I Thought About When I Was Making Movies) and 12 Seiki no Animation (12th Century Animation).