watercolor comic book by atelier sento set in japan




About

ONIBI is a fantasy travel diary inspired by our life in Japan.
The story tells how we found a very special camera which can take pictures of the yôkai (Japanese spirits).
It's a hand-drawn watercolor comic book set in Niigata, Japan.



comic book about yokai by atelier sento

French version



Available in French bookstores and on the publisher website (international shipping)
October 2016
128 pages
comic book about yokai by atelier sento set in japan comic book about yokai by atelier sento set in japan comic book about yokai by atelier sento set in japan comic book about yokai by atelier sento set in japan comic book about yokai by atelier sento set in japan comic book about yokai by atelier sento set in japan

japanese version of a comic book about yokai

日本版 - Japanese version



Japanese translation by Komagata Chinatsu
Available in Japanese bookstores and online stores
October 2017
128 pages
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comic book set in japan

True people - Real places


"In Onibi, everything is true."
yahiko red bridge

watercolor sketch on location in yahiko watercolor sketch on location in yahiko watercolor sketch on location in yahiko

Sketch on location

When we travel in Japan, we draw a lot of watercolor sketches on location. Back in France, we used these paintings as a documentation to draw Onibi. We also brought back many silver photographies. All the places in Onibi are real and, if you travel to Japan, you can use the map we drew at the end of the book to find them. We hope you'll enjoy the restaurants and the landscapes we present in the comic!

yahiko old tree

watercolor sketch on location in yahiko watercolor sketch on location in yahiko watercolor sketch on location in yahiko

Character designs

All the characters are real people and most of them are very good friends from Niigata.

Margutta cafe owners

margutta cafe owner old lady in mutsu kojima san in margutta cafe
yokai photography

Yôkai photography


Each chapter of Onibi tells how we took pictures of Japanese spirits with our magical camera. All the photographies are "cyanotypes". It's an old printing process from the 19th century that gives this mysterious blue color to the pictures.
yokai cyanotype

cyanotype printing process yokai camera yokai camera