Born on 28 January, 1925 in Tottori, Japan, Yasuji Mori grew up in Taiwan.
In 1948 he graduated from the National University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, having studied architecture.
He saw an American animated shorts, however, and decided to become an animatorinstead. He joined Nippon Doga, where he met Kenzo Masaoka and Sanae Yamamoto,pioneers of the Japanese animation. Having done inking for “Torachan to Hanayome / Trachan and the Bride,”he begin animating for the shorts, “PoppoyasanNonki Ekicho / The Carefree Stationmatster,” followed by “Kobito to Aomushi /The Little Man and a Catarpillar,” under the instruction of Masao Kumagawa andHideo Furusawa.
As the company underwent a period of restructuring, Mori moved to Seibu depart-ment store where he designed posters for publicity; he also began illustratingfor the monthly magazine, Manga Shonen, as well as recieving commissions from other prestigious publishers like Shogakkan and Kodansha, starting a lifelong career in… read more