Itoi, Shigesato

Itoi, Shigesato

Given name: 重里
Family name: 糸井
Birthday: Nov 10, 1948
Member Favorites: 153
Hometown: Maebashi, Gunma, Japan

Shigesato Itoi is a famous Japanese copywriter and essayist, though he is best known outside of Japan as a game designer for his work on Nintendo's EarthBound series of games, as well as his bass fishing video game. He is also known as the person who thought up the name Game Boy. His "normal" activities, however, center around his blog/website, Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun (The Itoi Pretty-Much-Daily News), which publishes Itoi's short essays on lifestyle and spirituality and also his interviews with artists, craftsmen, businessmen, etc., which also tend to center on philosophical issues. Itoi has also co-written several books modeled on these interviews, in which he has a series of long conversations with, for example, an expert on neurology (Kaiba, The Hippocampus), about how to live as a human being in the world.

He has voiced Mei and Satsuki's father, Tatsuo Kusakabe, in the Japanese version of the My Neighbor Totoro anime film, has been a judge on a few episodes of the Japanese shows Iron Chef and Hey! Spring of Trivia, and has also co-authored a collection of short stories titled Yume de aimashou ("Let's meet in a dream") with writer Haruki Murakami. His latest book, Chiisai Kotoba o Utau Basho (A Place Where Small Words Are Sung), is an anthology of writing collected from the Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun. "Hobo Nichi" (as it is called) is currently releasing a series of T-shirts on the theme "Sentimental Territory", which feature simple drawings of cute animals with tears in their eyes. It also designs and sells a combination calendar/address book/personal notebook at the beginning of each business year (March-April).

(Source: Wikipedia, as of April 5, 2009)
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Xincrivel | Dec 5, 2018 10:54 AM
Uma lenda

ButTheRegrets | Nov 26, 2018 7:08 AM

karkki_ | Aug 10, 2018 4:58 AM

Jayacheal | May 9, 2018 4:24 PM
Thank you so much for the Mother series, especially for Mother 3!

DededeMonstro | Jan 10, 2018 8:47 AM

ProfessorNess | Jul 1, 2017 3:39 PM
This man voiced my favorite character in My Neighbor Totoro, and made my favorite ever video game series. (Still waiting for Mother 3 tho) Best.

Howisthisananime | Jun 18, 2017 1:50 AM
based Itoi

Shining1994 | Dec 16, 2016 9:05 AM
Mother 3 is one of these fewer games that give me actual feels.

Great job in the series Mr. Itoi!

KonekoFire | Oct 8, 2016 7:26 PM
The guy under me doesn't realize that people just have different tastes. :v

LLethal | May 12, 2016 2:45 PM
earthbound's fanbase is made up of a bunch of mindless bandwagoners, don't listen to the hype, it's a horrendous game

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