Murasaki Yamada

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Murasaki Yamada
やまだ 紫
Born Mitsuko Shiratori
ca. 1948
Tokyo, Japan
Died May 5, 2009(2009-05-05) (aged 60)
Kyoto, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Manga artist, essayist, poet
Spouse(s) Chikao Shiratori

Murasaki Yamada (やまだ 紫?, Yamada Murasaki), born as Mitsuko Shiratori, was a Japanese feminist essayist, manga artist, and poet. She was associated with Garo. Frederik L. Schodt regarded her work as particularly important because of the feminist message, rare in shōjo manga. Yamada also influenced Hinako Sugiura and Yōko Kondō, her former assistants.[1]

She debuted in COM in 1969, and had formal art training prior to being a manga artist. Her works are described as being pictorial I Novels.[1] She taught at Kyoto Seika University's Faculty of Manga.[2]

She once ran for a seat in Japan's House of Councillors as part of the Chikyū Club political organization in 1989.

She died at Kyoto Hospital on May 5, 2009, aged 60, from undisclosed causes.[3]


  • Ai no Katachi (愛のかたち?)
  • Blue Sky – follows a woman's life and struggles after she divorces.
  • A manga adaptation of Otogizōshi, a traditional tale.
  • Shōwaru-Neko
  • Shin Kilali – a slice-of-life story about a Japanese mother and wife who realises her marriage is failing.
  • Yume no Maigo-tachi Les Enfants Reveurs (with Yōko Isaka)



  1. ^ a b c Frederik L. Schodt. Dreamland Japan. Stone Bridge Press. pp. 155–159. ISBN 978-1-880656-23-5. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b やまだ 紫 (in Japanese). Kyoto Seika University. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Feminist Manga Creator Murasaki Yamada Passes Away". Anime News Network. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 

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