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My name is Mari Takabayashi. I am a Japanese-born New York-based children’s book author and illustrator. I have published over fifty books in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and the United States. I have worked in many aspects of publishing including editorial and advertising. Stretched canvas reproductions of my art are also available at,, and
In addition to my picture book projects, I occasionally hand make women’s accessories and clothes for a local store. This has inspired me to pursue my latest endeavor—textile design.
My illustrations and textile designs are executed in watercolor, as well as in digital formats such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
If you have any questions about my work, please feel free to contact me at maritakabayashi(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thank you!