Art director, Book designer, Representative of cozfish. Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1959. Mainly based in book design with extraordinary “Uttoriryoku (enchanting power)”, he is developing movies, music, exhibitions, and space and goods design. He is active widely, as Art Direction of Snoopy Museum Tokyo, and logo production of Chichu Art Museum and Teshima Art Museum. Along with the book design for Soseki Kokoro (Iwanami Shoten, Publishers), he published Sobue Shin+cozfish (PIE International), etc. compiling previous book designs.
The novel Botchan, which is nationally well known, was based on Soseki’s stay in Matsuyama. Even 111 years after its first publication it is still being published today using various media. Now that many books are published digitally, where is the future of novels going? Sobue attempts to bring novels back to their original place, and so Botchan is the ‘room-book’ that cannot easily be removed. The room itself has been turned into a three-dimensional book. Come and experience the place where Soseki and Shiki once lived.