Please welcome Hirokatsu Kihara as our sixth Japanese Guest of Honor!
Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director, Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service.
Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre. There, he has been a crucial contributor working on such titles as: Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro. In addition, he has written the books: Tsukumo Kwaidan, Utsushiyo-kaidan, and Kinkiro. Nowadays, he continues to write ghost stories, emcees at monster conventions, and shares his knowledge and experiences at events worldwide.
You can check out his website at - http://kiharahirokatsu.com (Japanese)