Jiro Taniguchi, mangaka of popular series like Kodoku no Gourmet and The Times of Botchan, has passed away at the age of 69.

Taniguchi’s manga career started in 1970 with the debut of Kareta Heya , and with 2013’s Mon année being his final series.

Taniguchi was known for writing stories that depicted the everyday lives of ordinary people, which had an appeal to adult readers. He was also known for his clean line art style and shading without the use of ink, which was influenced by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

Kodoku no Gourmet

He was also one of biggest names known in the French community, as Taniguchi’s works would win a number of French awards, which culminated with him being knighted as chevalier in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011. Taniguchi was also nominated for the American Ignatz Award and Eisner Awards, won the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 1998 for The Times of Botchan, and won the Shogakukan prize for Inu o Kau.

Taniguchi’s most popular work is Kodoku no Gourmet, which is about a salesman who travels Japan and samples various Japanese cuisine. The series has been adapted into a popular live-action series that has ran for six seasons.

We wish the best for Jiro Taniguchi’s family.

I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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