About Sunny Seki
Fun Facts about Sunny 
•He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.
•He won his first art award at age 9.
•He graduated from Japan University 
  of Photography.
•He moved to the United States when he
  was 24 years old.  
•He studied Illustration at Pasadena Art 
  Center College of Design.



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•He lives in Los Angeles, CA, and has been happily married to his   wife Judy for 44 years -- they have 9 children together!
•He enjoys performing tricks with his derby hat.
•2007, Sunny closed his very successful photography studio to   pursue his dream of becoming a full time writer and illustrator of   children's books. 
•Sunny is a teacher and award winning creator of Japanese poetry   called "Senryu."
•Sunny conducts several book signing events every year, and his     presentations include audience-interactive readings, shadow   puppetry, manga workshops, and lectures for both children and 
 adults. 

Published books
• 2007 - The Tale of the Lucky Cat (East West Discovery Press)
• 2007 - Gardeners' Pioneer Story
• 2010 - The Last Kappa of Old Japan (Tuttle) 
• 2012 - Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll (Tuttle) 
• 2015 - The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima (Sunny Seki) 



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2012 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2013 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
Awards

• 2007 - Nappa Honor National parenting Publication Award 
for The Tale of the Lucky Cat 

• 2009 - Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award 
for The Tale of the Lucky Cat

• 2012 - Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year 
for Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll

• 2012 - Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set  
for Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll 

• 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 2022  Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year


2014 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2015 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2016 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2022 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2017 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2018 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2019 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2020 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year
2021 Rafu Shimpo Artist of the Year