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2019
January

Ryuzo Torii Memorial Museum in Tokushima holds an exhibition Searching for the Origin of Japanese People that features Yoshikiyo Koganei. Yoshikiyo (1859-1944) is Hoshi’s grandfather, and was a leading anthropologist.

January

Kadokawa republishes The Whimsical Travel Journals (Kimagure Taikenkikou) paperback with a new book cover illustration by Yoshio Hayawaka. It is a collection of Hoshi’s travel journals during 1970’s.

2018
October

Nakosozeki Literature History Museum in Iwaki city, Fukushima, holds a small exhibition of Hajime Hoshi’s books and memorabilia. Hajime (1873-1951) is Hoshi’s father and is the founder of Hoshi University.

August

Yomiuri Kodomo News Paper selects The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) as one of their recommended books of the year and donates copies to 1500 childcare facilities in Japan.

July

Shinchosha selects Thief Inc. (Tozoku Gaisha) as one of the eight Premium Covers for its annual summer fair at bookstores around Japan. Premium Cover titles include works by Osamu Dazai, Soseki Natsume and Kenji Miyazawa.

June

Ehime Prefecture Art Museum starts the Shinichi Hoshi and Hiroshi Manabe Book Illustration Exhibit. Manabe had worked with Hoshi for forty years as an illustrator. Together they produced many iconic books such as Welcome, Earth! (Yokoso Chikyu-san).

June

Kadokawa selects The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) as one of the titles for its summer book fair, Kadokawa Festival 2018.

June

Penguin Books of England publishes The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories. It includes Hoshi’s Shoulder-Top Secretary (Kata no ueno Hisho) translated by Jay Rubin.

June

The website for the Reading Sci-Fi Animation project opens. You can now view the eleven animated short films that are based on the Hoshi Award winning stories created by the graduate students of Tokyo Zokei University.

April

Setagaya Literary Museum begins displaying the Sci-Fi World Part Two: Shinichi Hoshi in schools and public facilities as part of its Traveling Literary Museum program. The panels introduce Hoshi’s five stories including Miss Bokko (Bokko-chan) and Hey! Come On Out! (Oi, Detekoi).

April

Japanese Expression, Literature textbook for Japanese high school students by Kyoiku Shuppan, includes Hoshi’s essay A Path to Creation (Sosaku no Keiro) in its revised edition.

March

Dee Ten of Taiwan publishes the second volume of Japanese Short Fantasies that consists of Hoshi’s 13 stories such as A Well-Kept Life (Yukitodoita Seikatsu) and On a Dim Planet (Usugurai Hoshi de).

February

Yahoo! Japan News features Marina Hoshi’s essay The Things You’ll See When You Line Up Ogai, Kimiko and Shinichi.

January

The Bubbles ー The Person who Connects Ogai Mori and Shinichi Hoshi (Minawa no Uta ー Mori Ogai to Hoshi Shinichi o Tsunagu Hito) is published by the Hoshi Library. It is a collection of Kimiko Koganei’s waka and essays. Kimiko is the younger sister of Ogai Mori, and the grandmother of Shinichi Hoshi. (Waka is a form of short poetry consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables instead of Haiku’s 5-7-5)

2017
December

I’m a Murderer, the National Theater Company of Korea’s play based on Hoshi’s 10 short stories, won the 54th Dong-A Theater Award in three categories: Director, Acting and Stage Arts.

December

Bookstores around Japan participate in Shinchosha’s Hoshi Fair to commemorate the 60 years since his debut and 20 years since his passing. The special paper wraps around the books include recommendation words by cartoonists Moto Hagio and Naoki Urasawa, and comedian Hikari Ota.

December

The Christmas concert on the 24th at the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Christmas with Ninth Symphony, offers a reading of Hoshi’s The Crisis (Kiki).

December

Shinchosha publishes The Evolved Monkeys – The Best (Shinkashita Sarutachi - the Best). This paperback is a collection of essays that Hoshi wrote in the 60’s and 70’s about America’s one-frame cartoons. Hoshi was a collector of American cartoons.

November

Dee Ten of Taiwan publishes the first volume of Japanese Short Fantasies that consists of Hoshi’s 13 stories such as The Road to Escape (Toso no Michi) and The Gift (Omiyage). This is a textbook for Chinese speakers to learn Japanese and includes a CD.

November

National Theater Company of Korea puts on a play I am a Murderer that is based on Hoshi’s 10 short stories including Miss Bokko (Bokko-chan) and Men in Space (Uchu no Otokotachi).

November

Japanese children’s clothing company Miki House starts Shinichi Hoshi Short-Short Picture Book Series, each book consisting of two short stories. The first three volumes to be published are: Hey! Come on Out! (Oi, Detekoi) & The Dog in the Mirror (Kagami no naka no Inu) illustrated by Rie Nakajima, The Night We Lost Our Friend (Tomo o Ushinatta Yoru) & The Deal (Torihiki) illustrated by Rokudai Tanaka, The Traveling Circus (Sakasu no Tabi) & Medicated Dreams (Kusuri to Yume) illustrated by Momoro.

October

The Harvest Moon Viewing event on top of Mount Minobu, organized by FM Fuji Radio, includes a reading of Hoshi’s On the Misty Planet (Kiri no Hoshi de) by its DJ Yuichi Mori.

September

2,209 stories are sent in to the fifth annual Hoshi Awards.

September

The Vietnamese publisher, Phuong Nam Book, publishes Mr. N’s Amusement Park (Enushi no Yuenchi) in Vietnamese. It also publishes an anthology of Japanese short stories, The Journey – Japan Exhibition, that includes 10 of Hoshi’s stories such as The Chair (Isu) and The Strange Cat (Fushigina Neko).

September

The Japanese television program, Listen with Your Eyes, starts a monthly new series, Shinichi Hoshi’s Short Shorts by Sign Language. The first story of the series was The Promise (Yakusoku).

August

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan, of which Hoshi was one of the founding members and the first president, becomes a general incorporated association.

August

Shinchosha releases the ebook The Record of My Grandfather, Yoshikiyo Koganei (Sofu Koganei Yoshikiyo no Ki) in two volumes. This non-fiction was originally published in 1974, and is the longest of all of Hoshi’s works.

July

Shinchosha selects Aesop Fables for the Future (Mirai Isoppu) as one of the eight Premium Covers for its annual summer fair at bookstores around Japan. Premium Cover titles include works by Osamu Dazai, Soseki Natsume and Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

April

Setagaya Literary Museum begins displaying the Introduction to the Sci-Fi World Part One: Shinichi Hoshi panels in schools and public facilities in the Setagaya district of Tokyo as a part of its Traveling Literary Museum. The panels introduce Hoshi’s works such as The Last Earthling (Saigo no Chikyujin) and Waaah, Waaah (A-n, a-n).

April

Kadokawa publishes a Tsubasa Bunko version of The Tale of the Bamboo Princess (Taketori Monogatari – Kaguyahime no Ohanashi) for younger readers. This science fiction tale from the ninth century is considered to be the oldest Japanese novel. It was translated by Hoshi into modern Japanese.

March

NHK World’s radio program Short Stories reruns Flower of Prosperity (Hanei no Hana) in 17 languages on March 25th.

February

At Takashi Hamada’s concert in Yokohama, Sound Track of Your Life, actor Seiji Fukushi recites The Box (Hako) with a live performance by an orchestra.

January

With the 90th reprinting, the paperback Heaven with a Demon (Akuma no iru Tengoku) by Shinchosha reaches 1,600,000 copies.

January

This is the 60th anniversary year of the publication of Sextra (Sekisutora), Hoshi’s debut work.


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