Kazuo Iwamura was born in Tokyo. He is one of the most famous picture book artists in Japan. His work has won many awards. He lives in Tochigi, where he founded the Museum for Picture Book Illustrations. It stands on a hill named Ehon-no-Oka, which means Picture Book Hill.
"'Hooray for Fall!' by storyteller and artist Kazuao Iwamura is a
delightful picture book celebration of a perfect fall day will have
young readers looking around for signs of autumn in their own
neighborhoods. Original and fun, "Hooray for Fall!" is certain to
be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare
center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture
book collections for children ages 4-8."
-- "Midwest Book Review"