Foreign rights

All our titles are available for translation. You can find details below.
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LA FÊTE DES OMBRES [ Festival of shadows ]

NEW RELEASE ! – February 2021
Graphic novel in 2 volumes

When the shadows of deads and the livings meet.

Every summer in a secluded village, an odd festival is celebrated, where the livings welcome wandering souls of deads : the Shadow festival. These ghosts have lost everything, even the memory of their past lives.

Naoko, a young and daydreaming woman has a purpose : to guide one of these shadows, a puzzling man hunted by a terrible secret. If she doesn’t manage to help him before next summer the shadow shall be forever lost.

Through the seasons, they are getting closer and feelings start to bloom between them, making boundaries between the world of the livings and the deads blurred. However, doesn’t Naoko risking to miss her own life by living with a ghost ?

Authors : Cécile Brun & Olivier Pichard (Atelier Sentô)

2 volumes | 80 pages | 20,5 cm x 27,5 cm | Hardback

Foreign rights available for all languages

LA FETE DES OMBRES
– Volume 1 –

Bookstore release :
February 2021

LA FETE DES OMBRES
– Volume 2-

In progress
Planned release : October 2021

 


MUKSAHI MUKASHI – Japanese folktales

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Japanese folktales are abundant and captivating. With the “Mukashi Mukashi“ collection, children will discover these folktales and traditions throught richely and beautifully illustrated books. (“Mukashi Mukashi” means “Once upon a time” in Japanese.)
The collection consists of 4 books, with 3 stories in each book. Every book is illustrated.

4 volumes | 48 pages | 21 cm x 26 cm | Hardback

Authors and illustrators :
Alexandre Bonnefoy, Delphine Vaufrey

  •  Issun Bôshi – A child, smaller than an inch, who dreams about becoming a samourai, goes into a long journey.
  • A windy marriage – A young woman gets married, but hide a terrible secret to her husband…
  • The millepede’s travel – A millipede has to look for a doctor to cure a sick friend.

  • The tongue cut sparrow – A girl become friend with a sparrow, but her jealous aunt cut the bird’s tongue.
  • The monkey and the turtle – The princess of the kingdom under the sea wants to eat a monkey. She demmands to a turtle to bring one for her.
  • An odd fear – A group of friends disscuss their fears. One of them reveals a very odd phobia.

  • Momotarõ – A young samourai goes fight demons on an evil island.
  • Kuma and Kitsuné – A bear and a fox decide to farm a field together, but not everything goes as expected.
  • The demon and the girl – Because of a misunderstand, a young girl has to fight a demon which is terrifying the kingdom.

  • Urasgima Tarō – A young fisherman saves a turtle. After that he finds himself invited at the kingdom under the sea to be rewarded.
  • The kingdom of mouses – An old man discovers the kingdom of mouses in the bottom of a cave. 
  • The invisible tengu – A child steals an invisible cloak to a demon to get up to mischief.

Guide de voyage Japon
KOTCHI KOTCHI ! – The traveller in Japan’s guide

Foreign publishing
2018 – Spanish : Satori Ediciones

All other languages available

The ultimate Japan Guide for travellers in Japan !

Japan is a fascinating country, but it can really throw travellers off balance because of the significant culture shock. This guide will help the traveller having a clearer vision of the country and a better understanding of the Japanese culture, so he can prepare his travel under the best conditions.
With this book, written and illustrated by 2 autors who lived in Japan, the visitor will enjoy his time in Japan without worries.

Author : Alexandre Bonnefoy
Illustrator : Delphine Vaufrey

320 pages | 14,8 cm x 21 cm

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SAKE’S SECRETS

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An introduction to the japanese sake, written by a Saké sommelier.

Often mistaken for Chinese liquor, Japanese Saké is a little-kown alcohol in the west countries. The real Japanese Saké is a fermented alcohol, which has a multitude of flavours, aromas and colours. His brewing is a very old and subbtle Art.

This book explain trough 26 questions and their answers the history of Saké, techniques of brewing, differents traditional and modern sakés and how to choose them.

It is a very easily accessible and playful book to every gourmet wanting to learn the secrets of saké ! 

Author : Siméon Molard
French sommelier Siméon Molard travels very regularly in Japan to take part in the brewing of sake in traditional breweries.


ONIBI – Diary of Yokaï ghost hunters

Foreign publishing
2017 – Japanese : Éditions Shodensha 祥伝社
2018 – English : Tuttle Publishing

All other languages available

Graphic novel

Authors : Cécile Brun & Olivier Pichard (Atelier Sentô)

A paranormal adventure in Old Japan!

Arriving at Niigata in Japan, two young foreigners, Cécile and Olivier, purchase a camera that they are told will capture images of the invisible spirit world. With camera in hand, they wander up mountains and through forests, enjoying local foods abd the stories of people they meet in these quiet, mysterious places. What they find is a Japan where the natural and supernatural worlds have always coexisted. For hidden along country lanes, and in the shadows of old Shinto shrines, are ancient spirit foxes, ghouls and other Yokai who lie in wait, ready to play tricks on unsuspecting pettersby. Sometimes, they even lurk in places you might never expect…

128 pages | 17 cm x 22,5 cm

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Saru Singes du Japon - couverture du livre

SARU – Japanese monkeys

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Japanese’s monkeys wild life photographic book

Japanese monkeys are fascinating. They are also called «snow monkeys», because of their ability to live in extreme conditions.
The photographer Alexandre Bonnefoy followed them throughout Japan during three seasons (spring, fall, winter) from the snowy plains of Shimokita’s Peninsula, to the UNESCO World Heritage island of Yakushima. This stunning and fascinating collection of monkey’s pictures goes with texts about the monkeys’s life, written by two primatologists. Explanations are clear and understandable both by adults and children.

240 pages | 27 cm x 25 cm

Authors : Marie Pelé,  Cédric Sueur (ethologists & primatologists)
Photographer : Alexandre Bonnefoy

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NIPPON NO HAIKYO – Vestiges of a forgotten Japan

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An urbex photographic book in Japan

Hospitals, hotels, houses, villages, amusement parks and even abandoned islands, Japan is full of abandoned places. These places are often left intact, reflecting a bygone era.
This book is a journey through 35 incredibles places, including the ghost island Gunkanjima, which became famous thanks to the James Bond movie, Skyfall, who used it as a background. The author offers us amazing pictures but also texts and testimonies about the history of each place.

• An unknown Japan :
A different and complementary approach of Japan.
• Discovering the story of Japan :
Through genuine investigative inquiries, the reader discovers the japanese daily life in the past decades.

256 pages | 23 cm x 29 cm

The Author :
Jordy Meow is living and working in Japan. He specializes in urban exploration photography (urbex) and visit hundreds of abandoned places in Japan and Europe. He is the creator of the website Haikyo.org.

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JAPAN’S SEASONS – Zen colourings and haïkus

Foreign publishing
2016 – Vietnamese : Innovative Publishing & Media

All other languages available

A beautiful & graceful coloring book

A zen journey through the four seasons in Japan, from spring with cherry blossoms to autumn and red maple leaves. The reader can colors the beautiful original illustrations by Nancy Peña while meditating with inspiring haiku.
• An hymn to Japan’s seasons.
• Original and very subtle artwork.
• A thick paper, allowing to color with markers and pencils.
More than just a coloring book, a book to color, read and meditate.

The Author : Nancy Peña
Nancy Peña published her first highly acclaimed album “Le cabinet chinois” followed by many other books : “La Guilde de la mer”, “Le Chat du Kimono” and “Les Nouvelles Aventures du Chat Botté”. In 2010, Nancy Peña was nominated in the official selection of Angoulême Comic Book Festival for her album “Tea Party”. She’s currently working on the series “Médée” published by Castermann editions.

112 pages | 21 cm x 28 cm

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TOKYO OHANAMI – A stroll through cherry blossoms

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A photographic book and a cherry blossom parks guide

In Japan, after a long winter, cherry blossoms announce the arrival of spring : it’s called «Ohanami». For the first time of the year, it’s time to picnic with friends, family or colleagues. But this is an ephemeral moment : rain and wind can kill within hours these fragile flowers.

In the first part of the book, immerse yourself in the Ohanami atmosphere in Tokyo megalopolis, through 200 photos of ten popular sites.

In the second part, a 48 pages guide with 100 parks and alleys with cherry trees throughout Japan, will help you plan your trip and enjoy Ohanami in the best conditions. With QRcodes printed in the guide, you will quickly know each location on Google Maps.

224 pages | 21 cm x 25 cm

The Author : Alexandre Bonnefoy is professional illustrator and photographer for 10 years. He lived in Japan from 2010 to 2012.

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KOKEKOKKO ! – 16  Artists, 16 experiences of Japan

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Whether expatriate for many years or tourist for a few weeks, the authors of this 320 pages comics books take us on a journey trough unusual encounters, poetic or funny stories and daily life in Japan (far from being zen and quiet…)

320 pages | 17 cm x 24 cm

16 Authors : Rémi Maynègre, Yllya, Cyrielle, Florent Chavouet, Remka, Yatuu, Jibé, Alexandre Bonnefoy, Delphine Vaufrey, Priscilla Moore, Dreamy, Julie Blanchin, Sylvie Bessard, Martin Faynot, Nini, Ulysses Malassagne.
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