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Katsumi Komagata  1953 - 2024 -


On March 29, 2024, Katsumi Komagata passed away. He was 70 years old.

After the 49th day, I can imagine him walking triumphantly towards heaven.

And now, I, Ai Komagata, will be the representative of ONE STROKE. My father always thought about the children and the young people who will lead the future. Going forward, we will not only inherit and pass on my father's will, but also try new things in our own way.


Sometimes my head is full, but I had sorted out my feeling. My father made that period for me. He was a father who cared for those around him until the end, and was sometimes strict, but at the core of his being, he was filled with kindness and pure feelings. I feel your presence more strongly than ever.

Thank you so much for everything.


"Books grow old together"


These are my favorite words of my father. I wanted to grow old with my father, but from now on, I would like to grow old with my father's books and works.

Our journey with Katsumi Komagata continues!


ONE STROKE Representative, Ai Komagata



The Memorial Event in Bologna, Italy


Every year, I went to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the world’s largest children’s book fair.
This year, I decided to give up and be near my father, but he passed away just before the fair, and I felt like he was pushing me to go, so I decided to go. I made all the arrangements in a week and somehow managed to go.

Thanks to the arrangements made by everyone involved in the book fair, we held "CIAO KATSUMI" as the first event on the first day. Many people came to the venue, and photos of my father were projected on the screen throughout the event, and memorial comments were read out from my father's friends, including director Elena. I also gave a speech about my journey with my father, his attitude towards manufacturing, who he became, and the last few days we spent together. When I started talking about my father, everyone cried as they listened, and at the end there was a standing ovation. When I returned to the booth, many people from various countries told me with tears in their eyes, "How much your father influenced me." My father was active internationally, receiving a lot of love along with hugs and kisses, and I was overwhelmed by the fact that he was loved so much. It wasn't a big step, but each step paved the way for me, and I remember many things.

A "CIAO KATSUMI" sign was set up at the venue, and visitors wrote messages on it. The Italian word "CIAO" is a greeting that means both "hello" and "goodbye."

Goodbye Katsumi, hello Katsumi.
Let's start anew.

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