This year's Tsumugi Award goes to Sunao Katabuchi, director of ""In This Corner of The World"" (2016) and Taro Maki, producer of this animation movie. ""In this Corner of The World"" is a long-run big hit and have a great deal of attention from all over the world.

Takumi Award 2017 will go to Manzo Nomura, a Kyogen performer (The ninth head of the Manzo Nomura Family of Kyogen). He introduces Japan's tradition and culture through Kyogen to the world. He collaborates with new kind of performers including Owarai (comedians) and Cosplayers, as well as with cutting-edge technologies such as projection mapping and LED costumes.

In this session, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, a world-renowned CG artist will be a moderator and talk with those two distinguished creators on ""Changing Japanese Intelligence into Universal Intelligence.

October 28, Saturday
2:10PM-3:45PM (Doors Open 2:00PM)
Center Stage, 1st Floor
  • Taro Maki
    President, Genco Inc.

    Born in Gifu Prefecture (1955), he Joined Tohokushinsha (1997) to help with in charge of foreign movie purchases as well as production and distribution. He then joined Pioneer LDC where he gathered experience producing several animated series. In 1997, he formed Genco Inc., a company very unlike others in the industry specializing both in planning and in production. He has been involved in the production of more than 100 works like “Patlabor - The Movie” (1989), “Millenium Actress” (2002), ”Nodame Cantabile” (2007), ”Sword Art Online” (2012), ”In This Corner of The World” (2016). He was also recognized with the 36th Fujimoto Special Award for “In This Corner of the World”, a Prize reserve only for producers.
  • Manzo Nomura
    The ninth head of the Manzo Momura Family of Kyogen, Kyogen Performer
  • Yoichiro Kawaguchi
    Artist and Professor at the University of Tokyo

    1952: Born in Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
    1976: Graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design (current Kyushu University)
    1978: Graduated from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Education (current University of Tsukuba)
    1998: Promoted to Professor at Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering of the University of Tokyo (after prior teaching at University of Tsukuba as Assistant Professor)
    2000 – Current: Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo
    He has been active as pioneer and world-wide authority of CG art utilizing his unique “GROWTH Model” and is still evolving as proven by such newest creations of his as 8K whole-sky planetarium image, large monuments, futurization of Japanese traditional art, construction of robotic objects, etc.
    He is also the first chairperson of the competition jury committee of Japan Media Arts Festival and the representative artist of Japan at 1995 Venice Biennale.
    He received “Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art” in 2010 from ACM SIGGRAPH, the Ministry of Education Award in the Art in 2013 from the Japanese Government and also given Medal with Purple Ribbon in the name of the Emperor in 2013.