Born in Tokyo. Made her debut in 1952 with SHOKOSHI (a little prince). Writes serial short mangas in magazines including SHUEISHA, Shogakukan, Kodansha, Futabasha, AKITA Publishing, Sobisha, OHZORA Publishing, BUNKASHA and others. Currently, she is running a serial manga Jin Ping Mei in "jour" from Futabasha. Received the 16th Shogakukan Manga Award with GARASU NO SHIRO in 1971; the Japan Cartoonist Award in 2002; the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award; the 4th Class, Order of the Rising Sun in 2006. Currently, professor of the Art Department of University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work.