About Shozo

Born in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. Designer.

He became passionate about rugby in high school and went on a rugby study abroad to New Zealand during university. After graduating, he played rugby for 4 years at Sanix. Subsequently, to utilize his love for drawing since childhood, he moved to Australia and studied Applied Design/Multimedia at TAFE SA while starting his career as a freelance web/graphic designer. Upon returning to Japan, he served as an Art Director at Read Net Corporation and founded AEDI Inc. in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 2008. In November 2014, he relocated the company's base from Shinjuku, Tokyo to Kurashiki, Okayama, where it remains active.

Shozo's journey from birth includes living in Kurashiki City (Okayama Prefecture) > Tokuyama City - now Shunan City (Yamaguchi Prefecture) > Auckland (Auckland Region) > Munakata City (Fukuoka Prefecture) > Adelaide (South Australia) > Hiroshima City (Hiroshima Prefecture) > Wakō City (Saitama Prefecture) > Shinjuku Ward (Tokyo Prefecture) > Kurashiki City (Okayama Prefecture). While each place has its charms, all hold special memories for him.

His hobbies include drawing, design, photography, music appreciation, watching movies, walking, jogging, playing Othello, and visiting the sea and mountains. In recent years, he has developed a love for hiking and mountaineering since 2020, climbing low mountains in Okayama and nearby prefectures. Due to a busy schedule last year (2023), he couldn't go hiking much, so he plans to traverse the Northern Alps from Toyama this year.

His Favorite Books

  • "My Eyes Aren't Dead! Ten Years of Records from High School Communication 'Now, Here'" edited by Kazuhiro Seno
  • "How to Get Ideas" by Jack Foster
  • "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
  • "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers
  • "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
  • "Dale Carnegie's Scrapbook: A Treasury Of The Wisdom Of The Ages" edited by Dorothy Carnegie
  • "Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age" by Paul Graham
  • "The Real Aim of Our Life [Complete Edition]" by Fumihiro Iida
  • "A Compass to Fulfillment: Passion and Spirituality in Life and Business" by Kazuo Inamori
  • "Words to Open Tomorrow" by Takashi Yanase
  • "Anpanman and the Lake Princess" by Takashi Yanase
  • "The Law of Proper Effort That Changes Life" by Eiji Masuda
  • "101 Things I Learned in Architecture School" by Matthew Frederick
  • "Novelist as a Vocation" by Haruki Murakami
  • "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami
  • "Murakami-san no Tokoro" by Haruki Murakami, illustrated by Masaru Fujimoto
  • "BORN TO RUN: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall
  • "Book of Changes Reading Guide: Introduction and Practice" by Sanemitsu Kawamura
  • "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman V. Peale
  • "The Ten Faces of Innovation: Strategies for Heightening Creativity" by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman
  • "Marketing Insights from A to Z: 80 Concepts Every Manager Needs to Know" by Philip Kotler
  • "Let My Employees Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman" by Yvon Chouinard
  • "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig
  • "POST-OFFICE Workspace Renovation Plan" by Akihiro Kishimoto, Yasuto Nakanishi, Ryusuke Naka, Masataka Baba, and Mikangumi
  • "Black Bear: Dick Bruna's Cover Design Work" edited by Griff.
  • "Two Weeks of Vacation" by Masaru Fujimoto
  • "Design of Kenya Hara (Idea Archive)" edited by Idea Editorial Department
  • "Bashar's How to Use Excitement: Practical Edition" supervised by Ken Honda
  • "Silence of Laozi: When Life Stalls, Turn to Laozi's Thoughts" by Yoshifumi Taguchi
  • "Tao Management: Management Theory Based on Laozi's Thoughts" by Yoshifumi Taguchi
  • "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" by Julia Cameron
  • "LISTEN: Becoming Intellectually Rich and Creative" by Kate Murphy
  • Mambo Still Life with Franchise by Mambo
  • Art Directors Annual 80 by Art Directors Club
  • Geoff McFetridge (GAS BOOK 03) by Geoff McFetridge

His Favorite Movies and TV Shows

  • Tokyo Story 1953
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977
  • Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro 1979
  • Ordinary People 1980
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
  • Akuryoto 1981
  • From the Northern Country (1-24 Episodes) 1981-1982
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 1983
  • Lonely Heart 1985
  • The Name of the Rose 1986
  • Castle in the Sky 1986
  • Dead Poets Society 1989
  • Misery 1990
  • Edward Scissorhands 1990
  • Twin Peaks 1990-1991
  • Chizuko's Younger Sister 1991
  • The Silence of the Lambs 1991
  • Point Break 1991
  • Rudy 1993
  • Fargo 1996
  • Good Will Hunting 1997
  • X-Men 2000
  • Billy Elliot 2000
  • Unbreakable 2000
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001
  • Amélie 2001
  • Vanilla Sky 2001
  • Minority Report 2002
  • Match Point 2005
  • No Country for Old Men 2007
  • Moon 2009
  • The Ghost Writer 2010
  • Inception 2010
  • Incendies 2010
  • Luther 2010-
  • Midnight in Paris 2011
  • Coffee to Enpitsu 2012
  • Line of Duty 2012-2021
  • NHK Special: Intense Run! Japan Alps Great Vertical Traverse 2012
  • Enemy 2013
  • Session 2014
  • Happy Valley 2014-2023
  • Fargo (TV Series) 2014-
  • Sicario 2015
  • Better Call Saul 2015-2022
  • China's Van Goghs 2016
  • Silence 2016
  • The Mandalorian 2019-
  • The Book of Boba Fett 2021-
  • Andor 2022-
  • Ahsoka 2023-
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