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2018
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.

2016
December

The Serbian publisher, Besna Kobila, publishes Divno Nebesko Telo, a collection of thirty short stories including the title story The Wonderful Celestial Body (Subarashii Tentai).

November

NHK World’s Radio Japan airs Hoshi’s stories in 17 languages: Flower of Prosperity (Hanei no Hana) on Nov. 19th and The Disaster (Sainan) and Hey, Come on Out! (Oi, Detekoi) on Nov. 26th.

November

Nikkei publishes The Day a Computer Writes a Novel, a non-fiction by Dr. Satoshi Sato of Nagoya University about his team’s effort to create a story-writing A.I. that’s good enough to enter the Hoshi Awards.

September

Yilin of China publishes The Last Major Construction (Saigo no Daikoji) in its magazine for foreign literature.

September

2,572 stories, including several by artificial intelligence, are sent in to the fourth annual Hoshi Awards.

September

The Whimsical A.I. Project: I’m a Writer is selected as one of twenty best Innovative Technologies of 2016 by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

September

An event was held to celebrate Hoshi’s 90th Birthday at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

August

Messages from the Whimsical Planet (Kimagureboshi karano Dengon) is published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan, which contains Hoshi’s short stories, essays, interviews, letters, etc. to commemorate Hoshi’s 90th birthday.

August

Shadow Play Theatre Kakashiza adapts three of Hoshi’s stories to its Hand Shadow Show. They’re The Cat (Neko), A Demon (Akuma) and Hey, Come on Out! (Oi, Detekoi).

August

NHK World TV’s program Today’s Close-Up broadcasts Artificial Intelligence: Creative or Copycat? One of the A.I. it introduces is The Whimsical A.I. Project: I’m a Writer.

June

My Nation (My Kokka) by Shinchosha becomes Hoshi's 18th million-seller book in Japan.

May

University of Tsukuba library holds a small event where the robot Pepper reads The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robotto) to a group of people.

April

Japanese anthology Monkey Business Vol.6 is published in the US. Shoulder-Top Secretary (Kata no Ue no Hisho) translated by Jay Rubin is included.

March

The exhibition The Women in the Mori Family: Kimiko, Shige, Mari and Anne starts at Ogai Mori Memorial Museum in Tokyo. Kimiko Koganei is the sister of Ogai Mori and the maternal grandmother of Shinichi Hoshi.

March

Shinchosha releases the voice of Shinichi Hoshi recorded in 1976. He talks about his book Many Taboos (Takusan no Tabu) which was published back then.

March

The Whimsical A.I. Project: I'm a Writer holds a press conference at Dentsu Hall in Tokyo and shares the short stories written with the Artificial Intelligence.

January

Newspapers, Yomiuri and Asahi, run the first trial piece written by the artificial intelligence of The Whimsical AI Project: I'm a Writer. Asahi calls it "a new work of Shinichi Hoshi"

2015
December

The Shinichi & Hajime Hoshi Exhibition ends. The total number of visitors was 6,436.

November

A slide show The Hoshi Family Album is held to retrace Hoshi's life during the Shinichi & Hajime Hoshi Exhibition at Shimpei Kusano Memorial Literary Museum. 190 people attended.

October

The Shinichi & Hajime Hoshi Exhibition starts at the Shimpei Kusano Memorial Literacy Museum in Fukushima.

October

The Whimsical AI Project: I'm a Writer introduces a short movie on entering the Hoshi awards on YouTube.

September

2,561 stories, including several by artificial intelligence, are sent in to the third annual Hoshi awards by its deadline of September 30.

September

Thirty Years Later, the science fiction published by Hajime Hoshi (father of Shinichi) in 1918 is now republished by Marina (daughter of Shinichi) 97 years later to commemorate the Shinichi & Hajime Exhibition.

August

Nikkei introduces the Hoshi awards commercial on YouTube.

August

A Chinese translation of The Other Side of the Swing (Buranko no Mukoude) is published in Taiwan.

July

Victor Entertainment releases Hoshi's Storytelling Theater (Hoshi Yose) CD, which includes three of his Rakugo (comic story). They can also be downloaded from Victor Studio HD-Music and iTunes Store.

May

Nikkei announces the addition of the Student category (high school and college) for the third annual Hoshi awards.

March

Fifteen English and fifteen Japanese audiobooks are released on iTunes in 21 countries.

January

Four eBooks - A Well-Kept Life, The Whimsical Robot, Voice Net, and The Other Side of the Swing - are released on the Kindle Store in 11 countries, US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, India, Italy and Mexico. These eBooks are no longer available on the iBook Store.

2014
December

Google offers free downloads of The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) eBook to its customers in Japan who bought Nexus 6 or 9 by February 2015.

December

Ten English and ten Japanese audiobooks are released on iTunes in 21 countries.

December

All of Hoshi's stories in Japanese are now available as eBooks from Shinchosha and Kadokawa.

October

The Guardian in England runs a story on the Hoshi awards, Japanese science fiction award opens entries to aliens and computers.

October

Samsung offers free downloads of The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) eBook to its customers in Japan who bought Galaxy tab S by February 2015.

September

1,954 stories are sent in to the second annual Hoshi awards by its deadline of September 30.

September

The exhibition The Dawn of Anthropology in Japan: Yoshikiyo Koganei starts at Niigata History Museum. Yoshikiyo Koganei is the maternal grandfather of Shinichi Hoshi.

September

Sci-Fi Land exhibition ends. The total number of visitors was 14,081.

September

Kaiseisha publishes the picture book Yukiko's Revenge (Yukiko-chan no Shikaeshi) in Japan.

September

Fans celebrated Hoshi's 88th birthday during the Sci-Fi Land exhibition at the Setagaya Literary Museum.

September

The Fairy Distribution Company (Yousei Haikyu Gaisha) by Shinchosha becomes Hoshi's 17th million-seller book in Japan.

July

Hoshi Awards Summer School is held at Setagaya Literary Museum to help children write stories.

July

A symposium titled Imagination Engine to commemorate the second annual Hoshi awards is held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo.

July

Setagaya Literary Museum starts the summer exhibition Sci-Fi Land that includes Hoshi's first edition books, handwritten drafts, and more. The miniature book FoxCatAnt (Kitsunekoari), which includes Hoshi's The Cat (Neko), is published to commemorate the exhibition.

June

Nikkei announces the start of the second annual Hoshi awards competition.

April

CNN English Express magazine's June issue runs The Secret of the Circus (Sakasu no Himitsu) in English.

March

Kadokawa publishes The Whimisical Robot (Kimagure Robot) Tsubasa Bunko for children.

February

French sci-fi magazine Galaxies Vol.28 runs Ohe! Sors de la! (Oi Detekoi).

February

Akita Shoten publishes the fourth volume of Comic Shinichi Hoshi series The Guest from Space (Uchu kara no Kyaku) in Japan.

February

Shinichi Hoshi Mystery Special, omnibus drama based on Hoshi's five short stories, was aired on Fuji Television in Japan.

2013
November

Shueisha publishes Little Wonder Collection of Shinichi Hoshi (Hoshi Shinichi Sukoshi Fushigi Kessakusen) Mirai Bunko for children.

October

3,057 stories are sent in to the Hoshi awards competition by its deadline of October 31.

August

The Patched Planet (Tsugihagi Planet) a collection of short stories that had been in magazines and papers but were not included in books is published in Japan.

August

Shinchosha republishes the novel The Target of the Nightmare (Muma no Hyoteki).

August

Chikuma Shobo republishes Hiroshi Manabe's Planetarium a collection of Manabe's illustrations and Hoshi's stories.

August

A symposium titled Imagination and Japan's Potential to commemorate the first annual Hoshi awards was held at the Nikkei Hall in Tokyo.

July

Hoshi Awards Summer School is held at Setagaya Literary Museum to help children write stories.

July

Booked for Japan, of NHK World, televised an interview of the astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, who recommended Hoshi's short-short Execution (Shokei).

July

Nikkei announces the start of the Hoshi Awards, a science fiction competition open to children and adults. Stories by artificial intelligence are also welcomed.

January

Shinchosha republishes The Defective Museum (Dekisokonai Hakubutsukan), a collection of ideas that Hoshi did not use for his stories.

2012
December

Nihongo Club Medellin presents the play A Tale of a Night (Aru Yoru no Monogatari) for children at the Santa Claus Project in Columbia.

November

Kadokawa republishes the second collection of Hoshi's essays The Whimsical Encyclopedia (Kimagure Hakubutsushi).

October

Kadokawa republishes the first collection of Hoshi's essays Memorandums of the Whimsical Planet (Kimagure Boshi no Memo).

October

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan starts celebrating of its 50th anniversary.

September

The Whimsical AI Project: I'm a Writer introduces a plan to develop an artificial intelligence that writes stories by 2017.

August

Akita Shoten publishes the third volume of Comic Shinichi Hoshi series The Friendly Demon (Shitashigena Akuma) in Japan.

February

The short film, Le Commencement (Hajimari) animated by Ryu Kato, is an official selection for L'hybride in France.

January

The picture book, The Other Side of the Swing, is released on the iBook store of North America.

2011
November

Three English eBooks - A Well-Kept Life, The Whimsical Robot, and Voice Net - are released on the iBook store of North America.

November

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan raises 2,000,000 yen (approximately US$20,000) at Japan Giving for the Earthquake victims.

October

The Doctor and His Robot (Hakase to Robot), a short film by Pantograph, was an official selection for Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival in Canada.

September

Google Doodles celebrates Hoshi's 85th birthday on September 6th: The Day of Hoshi Crane.

May

A film opera Hey! Come on Out! (Oi Detekoi) by Streetwise Opera is selected for the British Films Directory.

March

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan starts a fund-raising campaign for Earthquake victims at Japan Giving.

2010
October

Free Phone (Muryo no Denwaki), a short film by Pantograph, was an official selection for Sapporo Short Fest in Japan.

August

A Chinese translation of Future Aesop (Mirai Isoppu) is published by Rightman in Hong Kong.

June

Shinichi Hoshi Exhibition ends. The total number of visitors was 12,229.

May

Hoshi Shinichi's Short Shorts by NHK wins the Intermedia-globe Silver Award in the Entertainment category in Germany.

April

Shinichi Hoshi Exhibition starts at Setagaya Literary Museum in Tokyo.

March

Le Commencement (Hajimari), animation by Ryu Kato, was an official selection for Fete De L'anim in France.

2009
December
December

Shinchosha releases The Rules of Inspiration (Hirameki no Housoku) CD, which is a recording of Hoshi's lecture in 1974.

December

Poplar publishes the third volume of Collection of Samurai Stories (Jidai Shosetsushu): The People (Hito no Maki).

November

Hoshi Shinichi's Short Shorts, by NHK, won an International Emmy award in the Comedy category.

November

Kadokawa publishes The Voice from Space (Uchu no Koe) Tsubasa Bunko for children.

October

Poplar publishes the second volume of Collection of Samurai Stories (Jidai Shosetsushu): The Earth (Chi no Maki).

September

Poplar publishes the first volume of Collection of Samurai Stories (Jidai Shosetsushu): The Heavens (Ten no Maki).

August

Radio Japan broadcasts An Incident on the Train (Shanai no Jiken) and A Piece of Paper (Shien) in Chinese and Korean.

July

Froebel publishes the picture book Flowers and Secrets (Hana to Himitsu), illustrated by Makoto Wada.

July

Kadokawa publishes The Phantom Planet (Maboroshi no Hoshi) Tsubasa Bunko for children.

July

The Hoshi Library, Inc. is established.

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