Yuko Shimizu Illustrates Google Doodle for Aya Koda’s 116th Birthday

In honor of the 116th birthday of Aya Kōda, Japanese novelist, essayist, and feminist, Yuko Shimizu was tapped to create an illustration for the September 1 Google Doodle featured in Japan. 

Google conducted a short interview with the artist to get her thoughts on the making of the doodle:

Q: Why was this topic meaningful to you personally?
 It is very inspiring to know about a female writer doing such revolutionary work during a time when most women didn't really have occupations outside of homemaking. 

Q: What were your first thoughts when you were approached about the project?
A: Japanese female author for a Japanese book nerd like me? Amazing. 

Q: What message do you hope people take away from your Doodle?

AI hope people are inspired by her strength as a female author when that was not really an option for a woman and her involvement to reconstructing Horinji Temple's three-story pagoda.

Read more about the Doodle here. To see more of Yuko's work, visit her portfolio