director & writer
Takashi was born in Urawa, Saitama, in 1952. During his adolescence he carefully studied Manga magazines. He likes Toei feature films and at the same time aspires to be a Manga artist like Osamu Tezuka.
He has been a member of ANIDO since 1969, which was established in 1967 by professional animators working at Toei Animation Studio. Takashi studies cinema from all over the world through ANIDO’s monthly screening.
In 1973 he found work as an animator at the Oh! Production and takes part in the production of “Heidi”, “Grandizer (Goldorak)” and others, and is chosen as the president of ANIDO. Under his leadership some 400 film screenings and meetings took place over 35 years. Together with Osamu Tezuka, in 1978 he organized the Japan Animation Association, becoming its first general secretary. It publishes a magazine called FILM 1/24, as well as books of animated films, including:
“Hayao Miyazaki’s Conan, the Boy in Future”(1979), “The Animation Films of the World”(1986), “Kihachiro Kawamoto’s Puppets for The “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” (1984), “Yasuji Mori: Master Animator- His Animated Drawings” (1993) , and others.
Takashi is also organizer and advertising designer of video programs such as “Tale of Tales/Yuri Norstein” (1986), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Jiri Trnka”(1986) on Laser Disc, and distributes many great works on DVD, such as “Takun Films/Furukawa Taku” (1998).
For his private archive he collects animated films and documentaries, boasting more than 5,000 titles, and keeps a lot of material from classic Japanese animation. Both in Japan and abroad, it organizes many film events and exhibitions. He is often invited to foreign film festivals, and is a jury member at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (1999/France) and at the Kecskemet Animation Festival (2002/Hungary). In 1999, the first film he produced was released, entitled “Upon This Planet“. Takashi is writing the book “Masaoka Kenzo, The Father of Japanese Animated Cartoon”, and continuing with the creation of “The Animation Museum” in Japan.
eric goldber, kazuhide tomonaga & takashi namiki
Over 500 students from the art schools will be present for the two days of workshops organized again this year by the NEMO Academy of Florence.