Uyo Takayama

Illustrator・ Picture book autor

Uyo Takayama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and currently based in Kamakura, Japan. She graduated from Vantan Design Institute and completed the Palette Club School. She worked as a fashion designer and graphic designer before becoming an illustrator. After more than a decade as a carer for a family with a difficult illness, she was able to focus on her work again.


A picture book [Fluffy Riley and Little Elizabeth] was published in November 2021 from Thousands of Books.Shewas in charge of the illustrations. She currently working on a picture bookillustrating a picture book to be published by Shogakukan in spring 2022. Also working on two picture books in collaboration with international authors. At the same time, She working on visual illustrations for advertising for several clients.

Her main awards are as follows
2001 Mobile Art 2001 [Stylus Award]
2014 Chapter 62 [Asahi Advertising Award 2013] Second Category Award] Client : Austrian Airlines
2021 International Children’s Book Festival [Nami Concourse 2021] Finalists  (picture book “Me chan (Means Miss Me): Text and Illustrations by Uyo Takayama)
2021 Brightness News Agency [Brightness Award No.22 (Theme : Happiness)] Grand Prix
2021 Hiiibrand [Hiii Illustration 2020 International Competition] Selected (name) 
2021 dPICTUS [The Unpublished Picturebook Showcase3] PictureBook[Me chan(Miss Me)]has been selected


She wants to express something fun and a little bit futuristic, but deep down it touches the heart, something that will remind the person who sees her illustrations and picture book of their earliest memories. She wants to offer something as instant and unforgettable as possible.


<Exhibitions / Awards / Media>
2000  CWC, the gallery[christmas from the heart Exhibition]
2001 PATER’S SHOP & GALLERY[PALETTE CLUB completion Exhibition]
2001 Mobile Art 2001[Stylus Award]
2001 au+KDDI[Stylus Gallery /Uyo Takayama Exhibition]
2002 ”MONDO FRAGILE”-new fashion illustrators from Italy and Japan-illustration book Published by HAPPY BOOKS, Italy.
2003 ”MONDO FRAGILE”-new fashion illustrators from Italy and Japan-exhibition Patrol exhibition in Milan, Rome and Bologna
2007 pict-web[iLLUSTRATiON BOOK PRO 01]publication of a work
2012 Genkosha[Fashion illustration File]publication of a work
2013 Genkosha[Illustration File]publication of a work
2013 Colors[Japan Creators 2014]publication of a work
2014 Genkosha[Character File]publication of a work
2014 Chapter 62 [2013 Asahi Advertising Award, Second Category Award] Client : Austrian Airlines
2017 Seibundoshinkosha[IllustNote]publication of a work
2019 Hakusensha[Monthly MOE]publication of a work
2020 artbook[ANIMAL2020]publication of a work
2021 International Children’s Book Festival [NAMI CONCOURS 2021] Shortlisted (PictureBook [Me chan (Means Miss Me) : Text & Illustrations Uyo Takayama)     
2021 Brightness News Agency [Brightness Award No.22 (Theme : Happiness)] Grand Prix
2021 Hiiibrand [Hiii Illustration 2020 International Competition] Selected (name) 
2021 dPICTUS [The Unpublished Picturebook Showcase3] PictureBook[Me chan(Miss Me)]has been selected

<Literary works>
2018 Sankeisha [My name is Luck My friend]  Text and Illustrations Uyo Takayama



2020 12 Little Press [Me chan (Means Miss Me) ]  Text and Illustrations Uyo Takayama

*If anyone in the publishing industry is interested, please contact me so that I can send you a copy. I am also working on a sequel.

International Children’s Book Festival [NAMI CONCOURS 2021] Shortlisted (PictureBook [Me chan (Means Miss Me) : Text & Illustrations Uyo Takayama)

Then, dPICTUS [The Unpublished Picturebook Showcase 3] selected the English version of the picturebook [Me chan (Means Miss Me)]. Thank you very much. I wish Me chan all the best on her journey.



2021 11 Thousands of Books [Fluffy Riley and Little Elizabeth]  Text Sayaka Nakai / Illustrations Uyo Takayama / Based on the true story of Lisa Saunders

I was in charge of the painting. For more information, please click here.

Riley and Elizabeth




Client Works

・Matsuya Ginza (Department Store) Ginza Store /Asakusa Store/Matsumikai [Wall illustration/Poster/Leaflet/POP/Novelty/Newspaper advertisement/Digital signage]
・LUMINE (Station Building Mall)[Poster/DM/POP/Digital signage]
・GINZA SIX (Department Store)[SIXIEME GINZA Original product illustration]
・GINZA SAYEGUSA in children’s clothes and lifestyle store[Quarterly catalog/Ginza Hyakuten(Ginza Shopping District Production Booklet)/Magazine advertisement/Package/Novelty/Original product/Window display/Wall illustration/Signboard]
・SAYEGUSA&GREEN[Kotaki Nouveau LABEL /Kotaki White bottle label / ANA (Airline Company) original label]
・Ginza Yoshinoya[Newspaper color full-page advertisement/Ginza Hyakuten(Ginza Shopping District Production Booklet)/DM]
・JR East (Railway company)[Shinkansen train magazine]
・Austrian Airlines [Newspaper color full-page advertisement/WEB]
・Jaccs Card (Credit card company)[Digital signage/Calendar/Advertisement/Novelty/Promotional Goods]
・FAUCHON PARIS / Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. [Desktop picture for new product launch]
・Lion Corporation [Character for animation advertisement (WEB/In-store Monitor/Cinead/Traffic Advertisement)]
・Shimamura Music (Manufacture and sale of musical instruments and management of music schools)  [Poster for music classes] [Brochure cover for all music classes] [Music class commercials]
・Beautiful Days (Imported fabric store)[Promotional Image Illustration (WEB/FACEBOOK/Novelty)]
・I.D.E.A International (Product planning, manufacturing and sales company) [Quarterly catalog Cover and Inside page/DM/Agronatura Italy advertisement]
・DHC (Manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics, supplements, pharmaceuticals and clothing)  [Catalogue (Olive Club), DHC selection, how is everyone?]
・Sankei Living Newspaper [Monthly free booklet] Annual Monthly Cover
・ Tokyo Fashion College [School brochure] Cover and Inside page
・Shirayuri Women’s University [School brochure] Cover [Open College DM]
・PanaHome [Quarterly catalog]
・Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd.[ELLESHOP]SALE DM
・KANKYO STATION CORPORATION[ASSET & Finance]Cover of a quarterly magazine Monthly series
・CRYSTA Nagahori (Station Building Mall)[Cristyle]Cover of a quarterly magazine Monthly series
・Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.[Booklet] Cover and Inside page
・All Japan Coffee Roasters Association[Calendar] 2019 Edition
・Nippon Television Network Corporation[Pamphlet] Musical[Annie 2019]
・Aflo Co.,Ltd[Aflo Mall]Designer’s New Year’s card
・Shibuya City [Vision for Industry and Tourism]Future maps illustration maps

・Sankeisha Picture book [My name is Luck – my friend] Story and Picture
・East Press [Teaching by a mother who brought up the University of Tokyo/Kyoto University, a paraphrase of magic when you get angry] Cover illustration
・Seibundoshinkosha [Paris, dinner at the counter] Illustration
・Nikkei Home Publisher [Nikkei Best Restaurant Guide] Cover and Inside page
・Gijyutuhyoronsha [PC@Home: Word to create beautiful printed materials and your own book]Cover and all Inside page
・Gijyutuhyoronsha [Nissho document certification test pass textbook] Cover illustration
・Asa Publication [Teaching of “happiness” and “money” learned from Kahuna in Hawaii-Author: Louis Tatsuike”] Cover illustration
・Access/Publication [Lonely person alone: Author: Yuka Ito] Illustration / Digital signage
・alc Publishing [Vocaville Marathon MUST] Cover illustration /[A Taste of Japan/Tea time Talk] illustration /[Become a Japanese teacher]/[Learn, Work and Play abroad a Life Abroad] [English Journal] Special Series
・NHK Publishing [French on TV] Illustration
・Yotsuya Otsuka [Dream Navi] Serial illustration
・Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd. [ELLE a table] Serialization /[MODERN LIVING] Serialization /[MEN’S CLUB] Serialization/ [25ans] Spot
・Starts Publishing [Oz Magazine] [Oz Wedding] [Underground Metro Metro Minutes]
・World Culture Company [Delicious] Serialization
・Bungeishunju [CREA]
・Fuso Publishing [ESSE]
・Art Publisher [Monthly BT/Art Notebook]
・Magazine house [Tarzan] Cover illustration
・Naigai Publication [Mercedes Club]
・Yaesu Publishing [Hybrid Vehicle fan] [driver] Serialization

・[Delonghi] WEB: Image illustration for Movie
・[DIC COLOR & DESIGN, INC. ] Desktop picture
・[Pana Home] Image illustration
・[Ginza’s Sayegusa]Web/FaceBook/SAYEGUSA GREEN PROJECT HP
・[EZweb]au+KDDI (Paid WEB content) Stand-by image
・[stylus]au+KDDI Daily column illustration
・[Shimamura Music] Music School
・[ELLESHOP]5th Anniversarry Video/ SALE banner
・[CAFE DE CHAYA]Image illustration

And others


Main partner companies

CBK / Asahi Advertising / Dentsu Tech / Dentsu Live / DNP Communication Design / Afro / Recruit / Animal Suit / Create J
And others


There are other works that have not been published here (store decoration, works provided to cosmetics manufacturers, etc.), so please contact us if you are interested.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member ( from Feb 2021 )

The Japan Freelance Association member