Baku Yumemakura (夢枕 獏, Yumemakura Baku, born 1951 in Odawara, Kanagawa) is a Japanese science fiction and adventure writer. His works have sold more than 20 million copies in Japan spread across more than 280 titles. He is published in a variety of formats including feature films, television shows, movies and comic books.
|Born||January 1, 1951|
|Genre||science fiction, adventure, fantasy|
|Notable works||The Summit of the Gods, Onmyoji, Majugari, Garou Den|
|Notable awards||1989 Nihon SF Taisho Award|
Seiun Award for Jogen no Tsuki wo Taberu Shishi
1998 Shibata Renzuburo Award for Kamigami no Itadaki
2001 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for Onmyoji a manga version drawn by Reiko Okano
2001 Japan Media Arts Festival for Kamigami no Itadaki, a manga version drawn by Jiro Taniguchi
2011 Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature for O-Edo Chokaku-den
2011 Funabashi Sei-ichi award for O-Edo Chokaku-den
2012 Yoshikawa Eiji Award for O-Edo Chokaku-den
His works are influenced by outdoor interests such as fishing, particularly Ayu fishing, mountain climbing, canoeing as well as manga, photography, pottery, art, calligraphy, martial arts. He has published a number of photo collections of his journeys through Nepalese mountains.
He is best known for writing Jōgen no Tsuki wo Taberu Shishi (The Lion that Ate the Crescent Moon), which won both the Seiun Award and the Nihon SF Taisho Award. He also has written film scripts, including the one to Onmyoji.
One of his popular martial arts serials that has been adapted into manga is "Garouden "餓狼伝" (legend of the hungry wolf), known in the west as "The legend of the fighting wolves" that has also two videogames to date.
He's been nicknamed "The artisan of violence" due to one of his popular martial arts novel series "Shishi no Mon" (獅子の門 Gate of fierce lions) and as of 2014 he's been working on the scripts of a manga series "Shin Garouden" with renown manga artist Masami Nobe
He is also a past president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan.
Over the span of his career, Baku Yumemakura worked with a wide range of historically important figures in the Japanese art scene.
The following works have been released in Japan.