"Since childhood, the artists I've looked up to haven't been writers and illustrators, but mostly musicians. Music provides me the most emotional effect and excitement. If there was no music, I don't think my creative juices would boil. Music is that important to my life."
—Ai Yazawa[src]

Ai Yazawa (矢沢 あい (やざわ あい) Yazawa Ai, born March 7, 1967 in Amagasaki, Japan) is the author and illustrator of Nana, which ran in Shueisha's Cookie.[1] Nana was placed on hiatus in June 2009, when Yazawa fell ill.[2] In 2013, she drew a new "Junko's Room" chapter.[3]

Yazawa debuted in 1985 with a short story in Ribon Original.[4] She is also well known for Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai (1992), Gokinjo Mongatari (1995), and Paradise Kiss (1999).[5] Her works have been adapted into anime and live-action films.


Early life

Ai Yazawa was born on March 7, 1967 in Amagasaki located in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. She studied design at Osaka Mode Gakuen, before dropping out.[4]


In 1985, Yazawa debuted with the one-shot "Ano Natsu" (あの夏 ({{{3}}}) ) in a special issue of Ribon Original.[4]

Published works

Main article: Ai Yazawa bibliography



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