Katsudi Matsumoto (1904-1986)

A Pioneer of Kawaii

Born in Kobe and raised in Tokyo, Katsudi started his career as an illustrator for magazines at the age of 17.

In the beginning of Showa era (1926-1989) girls magazine culture blossomed in Japan and Katsudi made his debut as one of the early romantic-style artists.

His most iconic character „Kurukuru Kurumi-chan“ was first published in 1938 and became one of the longest lasting comic series of its time, running for 35 years in total.

His work is exhibited at the Katsudi Matsumoto Gallery in Tokyo and also regularly part of temporary exhibitions in recognized galleries and museums.


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Katsudi's creative work

Illustrations, Shojo Manga and Character Development

Katsudi's work extended across a wide range of styles, including elegant and sentimental girls, humorous comics, and "kawaii" characters for product packaging and merchandise.

All of which grabbed young girls hearts and expanded their imagination.


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