Kumpei Higashi produced an abundance of manga books, illustrations, and children's stories. There is a museum of his works, called Kumpei Dohwa-Kan, not far from our mountain villa. In early May we went there to see his work. There I bought this stuffed animal, called Kumpei Tanuki (raccoon), representing one of his characters. According to his widow, the face somehow resembles Kumpei himself.