2017 JRA Award
HORSE OF THE YEARBEST OLDER COLT OR HORSE
BEST TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT
BEST TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY
BEST THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT
Rey de Oro(JPN)
BEST THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY
BEST OLDER FILLY OR MARE
BEST SPRINTER OR MILER
BEST DIRT HORSE
BEST STEEPLECHASE HORSE
Oju Chosan (JPN)
TRAINERS & JOCKEYS
BEST TRAINER (RACES WON) and (MONEY EARNED)
BEST TRAINER (WINNING AVERAGE)
BEST TRAINER (TRAINING TECHNIQUE)
MOST VALUABLE JOCKEY, BEST JOCKEY (RACES WON) and (MONEY EARNED)
BEST JOCKEY (WINNING AVERAGE)
BEST STEEPLECHASE JOCKEY)
JRA EQUINE CULTURE AWARD
Winner: "Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Uma no Zukan" (The Majesty of the Horse: An Illustrated History)
Recipient: Tamsin Pickeral (author)
Recipient: Astrid Harrisson (photographer)
Recipient: Fumi Kawagishi (translator)
Recipient: X-Knowledge Co., Ltd. (publisher)
Kitasan Black Repeats as Horse of the Year
Kitasan Black drew 287 out of 290 votes to win The Japan Racing Association’s (JRA) Horse of the Year award again with another outstanding season that included victories in the Osaka Hai, the Tenno Sho (Spring), the Tenno Sho (Autumn) and the Arima Kinen. He becomes the ninth horse in JRA history, the first since Gentildonna (2012, 2014) to win two Horse of the Year titles and the seventh to win consecutively—the last being Vodka in 2008 and 2009. The annual JRA Awards, which will be handed out in a ceremony at Prince Park Tower Tokyo on Monday, January 29, recognize horses, trainers, jockeys, and other individuals and organizations for outstanding performances or achievements in the thoroughbred racing season.
Kitasan Black was also named Best Older Colt or Horse for the consecutive year with full votes. Best Two-Year-Old Filly Lucky Lilac was the only other unanimous choice while Best Three-Year-Old Colt Rey de Oro and Best Steeplechase Horse Oju Chosan were each just one vote short. Best Two-Year-Old Colt Danon Premium, Best Sprinter or Miler Red Falx and Best Dirt Horse Gold Dream also collected more than 90% of 290 maximum votes. Vivlos won the Best Older Filly or Mare title with 194 votes while Soul Stirring won the Best Three-Year-Old Filly with 162, 42 votes over the runner-up.
JRA Best Trainer Awards are presented for Races Won, Winning Average, Money Earned and Training Technique based on JRA races and designated NAR and overseas races. Yasutoshi Ikee won his second Best Trainer title for Races Won and fourth for Money Earned. Mitsumasa Nakauchida won his first JRA Award title for Winning Average since opening his yard in 2014. Noriyuki Hori won his second and consecutive title for Training Technique.
Best Jockey Awards are presented for Races Won, Money Earned, Winning Average, Steeplechase and Newcomer based on accomplishments in JRA races alone. Christophe Lemaire claimed his first titles for Races Won and Most Valuable Jockey, the latter determined by points earned for wins, earnings, winning average and rides in JRA, designated-NAR and overseas races combined. The French native also won his second consecutive title for Money Earned. Mirco Demuro won the title for Winning Average while Shinichi Ishigami turned in another stellar season to stamp his claim as the Best Steeplechase Jockey for the second consecutive year. No one was eligible for the Best Jockey (Newcomer) title because no jockey who debuted in 2017 was able to score the required minimum 30 wins.
The Equine Culture Award was presented to Tamsin Pickeral (author), Astrid Harrisson (photographer), Fumi Kawagishi (translator) and X-Knowledge Co., Ltd. (publisher) for their pictorial book “Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Uma no Zukan” (The Majesty of the Horse: An Illustrated History).
Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) (G1 - English)
Kitasan Black scored four JRA-G1 victories during 2017 and capped off his stellar racing career with his seventh G1 victory in the Arima Kinen, securing his second consecutive title for both Horse of the Year and Best Older Colt or Horse. He ties the record of most career JRA-G1 victories with Symboli Rudolf, T.M. Opera O, Deep Impact and Vodka while surpassing T.M. Opera O in career earnings with 1,876,843,000 yen. The son of Black Tide is now retired from racing and stands for stud at Shadai Stallion Station.
He won three in a row from his career debut as a three-year-old, including his first grade-race victory, to qualify for the Triple Crown Classics. While still green in the first two legs of the triple, he progressed well during the summer break to win his fall debut, the St. Lite Kinen, and demonstrated both speed and stamina in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) for his first G1 title. Despite a long hard-fought season, he capped off his three-year-old campaign with a third against older G1-caliber runners in the Arima Kinen.
He kicked off his four-year-old campaign with a close runner-up finish in the Sankei Osaka Hai and validated his Kikuka Sho win as a first-class stayer for his second G1 victory in the following Tenno Sho (Spring) before a neck-nose third in the Takarazuka Kinen. In his first Japan Cup challenge, after coming off a win in his fall debut, the Kyoto Daishoten, the race favorite made for a convincing 2-1/2 length victory. He then capped off the season with a strong runner-up effort in the Arima Kinen, helping him to capture his first JRA Awards as the 2016 Horse of the Year Title and Best Older Colt or Horse.
Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1 - English)
Danon Premium captured this year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in 1:33.3, a race record last renewed back in 2015. Undefeated in all three career starts, he has been able to find another gear each time and use his outstanding speed to chase the pace close up early and clear the wire by a comfortable margin.
The Deep Impact colt showed potential in his career debut in June over 1,800 meters, which he won by an overwhelming four-length margin. In October, he landed his first grade-race challenge, the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup, where he renewed the 1,600-meter turf-course record (two-year-olds) while outrunning the race favorite by 1-3/4 lengths. Sent to post as the race favorite in his next start, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, Danon Premium broke sharply from an inside draw and stalked the leaders in third while saving ground along the rails. Entering the stretch, he immediately grabbed the spotlight and pulled away with a fastest finish, covering the last three furlongs in 33.6 seconds. His win by a margin of 3-1/2 lengths tied a record set back in 1993 by Narita Brian, who went on to become a Triple Crown winner in his following season.
Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1 - English)
Lucky Lilac capped off a perfect two-year-old season with her first G1 title in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies to become the 2017 champion two-year-old filly. The win also crowned her as the inaugural G1 winner in the first crop of legendary Orfevre, a winner of six G1 titles in Japan and a two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up (2012 and ‘13).
Debuting in August, the Orfevre filly broke her maiden with a convincing 1-1/2-length victory after chasing the pace in fifth position. Two months later she scored her second win, this time in the graded Artemis Stakes, where she scored the fastest finish from racing close up in around fourth or fifth position to win by 3/4 length.
Sent to post second favorite in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Lucky Lilac struggled to find space early and then ran conservatively in mid-field before making her move to chase Lily Noble into the stretch. The chestnut filly ran powerfully down the lane once her path ahead cleared, catching the eventual runner-up 100 meters out for a 3/4-length victory thanks to a time-tied fastest last-three-furlong drive.
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1 - English)
Rey de Oro highlighted his three-year-old campaign with a victory in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) in late May. After another win in his fall debut, the Kobe Shimbun Hai, the three-year-old opted out of the last leg of the Triple Crown to face top older G1 rivals in the Japan Cup. Entered second favorite, he raced mid-field before unleashing an impressive late charge to tie for fastest over the last three-furlongs and place second at the wire, behind by more than a length but to no less than 2016 Horse of the Year Kitasan Black.
Trained by Kazuo Fujisawa, as a two-year-old Rey de Oro won all three of his starts by comfortable margins, including his first graded victory in the yearend Hopeful Stakes. Tagged as a serious candidate for the three-year-old classics, Rey de Oro was forced to skip the trial race and head straight to the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) due to a delay in conditioning, finishing fifth in his G1 debut.
Picking up his form in the following Tokyo Yushun where he was posted second favorite, the King Kamehameha colt was rated toward the rear but he took advantage of a slow pace to make an early move along the backstretch, advanced to second and then continued accelerating after taking the lead 200 meters out, giving him his first G1 victory and Fujisawa his first Derby title.
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1 - English)
Soul Stirring continued with another stellar season following 2016, a year in which the Frankel filly gave her sire his first post-retirement G1 victory by claiming the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies to be named Best Two-Year-Old Filly. This season, the talented filly validated her champion title with a win in the three-year-old classic title, the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks). In the fall, when tested against a mixed field of top G1 runners, she was short of the money but proved well up to the competition and showed much potential for her four-year-old season.
Debuting in July 2016, Soul Stirring won her first career start to live up to expectations as one of Frankel’s first crop and out of multiple-G1 winner Stacelita. She then proceeded to win the Ivy Stakes by 1-3/4-length margin to Persian Knight, the subsequent Mile Championship victor. Her G1 title in the following Hanshin Juvenile Fillies earned her the JRA’s Best Two-Year-Old Filly title.
After extending her winning streak to four in her three-year-old kick-off, the Tulip Sho, she was sent to post as the heavy favorite in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas). Slow to adapt to her experience in softer goings, she was defeated to third for the first time. But Soul Stirring followed this with a dominating performance in the Yushun Himba, where she was positioned nicely among the leaders and drew away to a comfortable victory. In her fall challenges, however, she ran into bad luck—first by tiring after making the pace in the Mainichi Okan, then having to plough her way over testing ground in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) and finally, less than a month after this hectic effort, she faced an international field of G1-level runners in the Japan Cup. Nevertheless, the powerful filly demonstrated her power in adapting well to various goings and exhibiting her outstanding stretch run.
Dubai Turf (G1)
The 2016 Shuka Sho winner, Vivlos landed her second G1 victory by going overseas to win the 2017 Dubai Turf against a mixed field of G1 turf runners. Running around tenth, she accelerated with a fine turn of speed after angling out from a ground-saving trip along the rails, and then snatched the lead with 50 meters to go for a 1/2-length victory. A full sister to two-time Victoria Mile winner Verxina and also from the same mare as 2017 Japan Cup champion Cheval Grand, the superbly bred Vivlos is hoped to return to Dubai for a consecutive victory in the Dubai Turf prior to which she will follow the same program as in 2017 and run in the Nakayama Kinen (G2, 1,800m) on February 25 as a prep race.
After a win and a second out of two starts as a two-year-old, Vivlos did not make it into the first two legs of the three-year-old fillies’ classics at the grade-race level, finishing 12th in the first two starts of her 2016 campaign. But then a win in July and a runner-up effort in the Shion Stakes in September qualified her for the last leg of the fillies triple, the Shuka Sho. Sent to post third choice, the Deep Impact filly showed her potential as a first-class middle-distance runner with plenty of stamina by making an early move from halfway, turning wide into the stretch, mowing down her rivals and pinning the leader in the last strides for her first G1 title.
Sprinters Stakes (G1 - English)
Red Falx successfully defended his Sprinters Stakes title to become the third horse in JRA history to win back-to-back titles in this race, after Sakura Bakushin O (1992-93) and Lord Kanaloa (2012-13). Third in the spring version of the JRA-sprint G1, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, the son of Swept Overboard then competed strongly when stepping up to a mile in the Yasuda Kinen, finishing just 0.1 second behind the winner in third.
Raced twice as a two-year-old, Red Falx broke his maiden in his three-year-old debut and raced on both dirt and turf thereafter. In the first half of his five-year-old season he registered two wins—one at 1,200 meters and another at 1,400—out of seven starts on turf in addition to 4-1-1 out of nine dirt starts between 1,200 and 1,400 meters.
After a disappointing 10th-place finish on dirt in the Negishi Stakes earlier in the season, in July 2016 he scored his first grade-race victory on turf in the CBC Sho, his second challenge at grade-race level. Just three months later, he became a G1 winner in the 2016 Sprinters Stakes. Entered the third favorite, he traveled wide in mid-field and exerted a powerful late charge to out-finish Mikki Isle by a head. He concluded the season with a disappointing 12th in the Hong Kong Sprint but regained his form in 2017 to register two wins and two thirds out of five starts.
February Stakes (G1 - English)
Gold Dream became only the third horse to capture JRA’s two dirt G1 races in the same season in during 2017, following Wing Arrow in 2000 and Transcend in 2011. He registered his first G1 title in his kick-off start in the February Stakes but was unsuccessful in the following three starts. Undeterred, the son of Gold Allure bounced back in the Champions Cup, where he was entered eighth favorite under Ryan Moore and produced an impressive late charge after racing near the rear to nail the leaders for a neck victory.
Gold Dream won his only start as a two-year-old, racing exclusively on dirt that year. In his three-year-old season, he continued to utilize his strong late charge to extend his winning streak to three in the Hyacinth Stakes against a quality field. Finishing second in the following Hyogo Championship, he promptly captured his first graded title in the Unicorn Stakes.
He was posted race favorite in the following Japan Dirt Derby but was unable to launch a serious threat, finishing 5-3/4 lengths behind the winner in third. Fresh out of a four-month break, the bay landed a runner-up effort in his first challenge against older horses in the Musashino Stakes, crossing the wire 1-1/4 lengths behind Tagano Tonnerre, who set a track record. He finished a disappointing 12th as second pick in the following Champions Cup.
Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1)
Oju Chosan continued to dominate steeplechase racing in 2017 with four wins in as many starts, including both J-G1 titles for the second successive year, making him JRA’s undisputed Best Steeplechase Horse for the second year running. Despite sustaining a chip fracture in his right pastern following a 3-1/2-length victory in the Nakayama Grand Jump in April, the six-year-old immediately returned to form in winning his comeback start in October. In the year-end Nakayama Daishogai, he shortened the record set by Symboli Montreux in 1991 by 1.1 seconds after a fierce duel with 2015 champion steeplechaser Up to Date. He also marked his unprecedented fourth consecutive J-G1 victory and eighth successive jump graded win.
Winless in two starts on the flat as a two-year-old, the son of Stay Gold was given a year break to restart his racing career over obstacles. He was last in a field of 14 in his jump race debut, but after changing hands to current trainer Shoichiro Wada he turned in a runner-up effort in January 2015 and then two consecutive wins two months later. Progressing well throughout the season, he finished fourth in his first grade-race challenge, the 2015 Tokyo Jump Stakes under Shinichi Ishigami, who has ridden in all his starts since. The pair added another win prior to their first J-G1 challenge, the 2015 Nakayama Daishogai, where the bay raced far behind in 12th but showed a good change of speed to improve to sixth at the wire.
Coming off a runner-up effort in March 2016, Oju Chosan was positioned in the first four as the second favorite in the Nakayama Grand Jump, then used his exceptional finishing speed to wear down the pace setter and fly past the leader in the last 100 meters to win by 3-1/2 lengths for his first title at the highest level. He then extended his winning streak to four in the Nakayama Daishogai to become only the second horse besides Up to Date in 2015 to claim both J-G1 titles in the same year, helping to make him the unanimous choice for Best Steeplechase Horse of 2016.
Yasutoshi Ikee saddled a productive string of horses in 2017 to claim his second JRA Award title for Races Won since 2008 while collecting his fourth title for Money Earned. His 63 wins in JRA alone include 10 graded titles, highlighted by three G1 wins with Al Ain (Satsuki Sho [Japanese 2000 Guineas]), Satono Aladdin (Yasuda Kinen) and Persian Knight (Mile Championship).
The son of former trainer Yasuo Ikee, Yasutoshi began as a groom and then was an assistant trainer for Kuniichi Asami’s yard. He worked at his father’s stable before studying the art of training in England and the U.S. under top trainers Sir Michael Stoute and Neil Drysdale, respectively. While based at the highly competitive Ritto Training Center in the Kansai area, Ikee quickly established himself as a prominent contender after acquiring his trainer’s license in 2003. He continued to support his father after opening his own stable in 2004 when Deep Impact traveled to France for the Arc and he took his own Picaresque Coat along to run in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein (G2), finishing second.
Mitsumasa Nakauchida distinguished his fourth season as a trainer with a personal best 46 wins in 2017, eighth on the national leaderboard, and a win rate of 21.4% for his first JRA Award as Best Trainer for Winning Average. The up-and-coming trainer also notched his first G1 victory with Best Two-Year-Old Colt Danon Premium, who accounted for two of Nakauchida’s five grade-race titles during the season.
Raised on a yearling farm run by his father near Ritto Training Center, Nakauchida started horseback riding in his early teens and left Japan to study abroad when still a high-school student. Beginning his overseas school days in Ireland, he moved to England to study Equine Business at West Oxfordshire College while gaining on-the-job training, exercising for top trainers such as Richard Hannon Sr. and Christiane Head-Maarek. He won two races as an amateur rider in England before graduating college and flying to the U.S.A. to work under Hall of Famer Robert Frankel. He furthered his knowledge as a horseman at major training farms such as Darley and Coolmore, where he learned the art of breaking in and laying the groundwork with young horses.
Noriyuki Hori was presented the Award for Best Trainer (Training Technique) for a second straight year, which also made him a JRA Award winner for three consecutive seasons. Besides Training Technique he also won titles for Winning Average and Money Earned in 2016 and in 2015 he became Best Trainer for Races Won and Winning Average. Though 2015 Horse of the Year Maurice contributed in Hori’s success during 2015 and 2016, his excellent training methods enabled him to remain among the top JRA trainers in 2017, including fifth in wins, seventh in earnings and second in winning average. He continued to produce G1 winners in 2017, including Neorealism, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong to mark Hori’s sixth career G1 title overseas, and Satono Crown, who claimed the spring All-Star event, the Takarazuka Kinen.
Hori began working as a groom at Tomizo Suwa’s stable, then became an assistant trainer under Yoshitaka Ninomiya, who is best known for saddling multiple G1 winners El Condor Pasa and Nakayama Festa in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1999 and 2010, respectively. Hori opened his own yard in 2003 and notched his first win in his 23rd start. He captured his first grade-race title in his fourth season when Venus Line won the 2006 Hakodate Sprint Stakes (G3). His win total began to climb in 2009 when he posted 31 victories, ranking eighth in eastern Japan (Miho Training Center) and 22nd in the JRA national rankings.
Christophe Lemaire concluded his 2017 season just one win short of becoming the second JRA jockey after Yutaka Take to exceed 200 wins. Nevertheless, the French native did not fail to continue listing his name among JRA Award winners in every year since debuting as an official JRA jockey in 2015. Having already claimed titles for Winning Average (2015, 2016) and Money Earned (2016) in his first two seasons, Lemaire covered the complete list of JRA titles for flat race jockeys this year thanks to scoring his inaugural Best Jockey for Races Won and Most Valuable Jockey along with his second consecutive title for Money Earned. His outstanding achievements during the season included three G1 victories over three weeks, making him only the second jockey—foreign and Japanese jockeys combined—after fellow Frenchman Olivier Peslier (2001) to accomplish the feat. The streak began with Admire Lead in the Victoria Mile followed by Soul Stirring in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) and then Rey de Oro in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). His Oaks-Derby double in a single season was the first in 42 years and only the fourth all-time.
Lemaire debuted as a regular jockey in 2015 after passing his JRA exam together with Mirco Demuro. Despite not starting until April, he still managed to notch 112 wins to place fourth on the leaderboard in his debut year and register the highest winning percentage to become Best Jockey for Winning Average. He won 13 grade-race titles including four G1 victories in 2016, earning him his first Money Earned title as well as his second award for Winning Average.
Mirco Demuro won his second JRA Award, this time for Winning Average with a record 25.7% strike rate. Previously he secured the award for Money Earned in 2015. Concluding the season with a personal best of 170 wins to place third in the national standings, he just missed winning Money Earned. He won six JRA-G1 titles to tie Yutaka Take (2005, 2006), Katsumi Ando (2007), Kenichi Ikezoe (2011) and Yasunari Iwata (2012), but only he accomplished the feat with six different horses.
Debuting in Italy in 1994 at age 15, Demuro became a champion apprentice with 79 wins in the following year. He was the leading jockey in Italy for four consecutive years between 1997 and 2000, including as Italy’s first teenage champion. His first group-race victory came in 1998 in the Premio Primi Passi (G3, Solitary Dancer) and his first G1 title was the Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Sumati) in 1999.
From early in his career, Demuro sought success at the international level and rode in numerous countries. He started riding in Japan under a short-term license in 1999 and found his riding skills were well appreciated. Given opportunities on talented mounts, he landed 31 grade-race titles, including 10 G1 victories, between 2001 and 2014. He captured his first two classic titles with Neo Universe in 2003 in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), and rode Screen Hero to victory in the 2008 Japan Cup. Demuro also gave Japanese racing a historic first success in the Dubai World Cup with Victoire Pisa in 2011.
Shinichi Ishigami led all jump-race jockeys with 15 wins, as in 2016, to wrap up his second consecutive Best Steeplechase Jockey title, aided by his success with champion steeplechase horse Oju Chosan—a perfect four for four including two annual J-G1 events, the Nakayama Grand Jump and the Nakayama Daishogai. Now established as a skilled steeplechase jockey, he aims to accomplish another feat with Oju Chosan, who is still in the process of extending his winning streak and consecutive J-G1 victories in 2018.
Ishigami began his career as a flat race jockey in 2001 and he landed his first win aboard Raidenno Hana on March 31. He made steady progress with more than ten wins in each of his first four seasons and scored an impressive runner-up effort in the 2004 Copa Republica Argentina (G2) with Tenjin Musashi. But then his career soured in 2005 and 2006 due to a prolonged suspension followed by injuries that he sustained in a fall.
Seeking to broaden his riding opportunities, Ishigami started riding jumpers from 2007 and scored his first win in the following year, but he had to wait until 2013 for his first graded win aboard Assatis Boy in the Niigata Jump Stakes (J-G3). Eventually, he began riding over jumps more than on the flat. Though his win totals remained in the modest single-digit range, his riding skill over jumps became well appreciated due to his sound rate of finishing within the money, placing his name among the prominent jump jockeys in JRA racing.
The JRA Equine Culture Award recognizes noteworthy achievements and contributions to Japanese equine culture. Nominations for the 2017 award included horse-related cultural events and publications that were held or published between November 2016 and October 2017.
Winner: “Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Uma no Zukan” (The Majesty of the Horse: An Illustrated History)
The Equine Culture Award for 2017 was presented to an illustrated book, “Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Uma no Zukan,” written by Tamsin Pickeral, photographed by Astrid Harrisson, translated by Fumi Kawagishi and published by X-Knowledge Co., Ltd. The book traces the evolution of over 80 horse breeds that have played central roles in human civilization, including cultural and industrious revolutions. Intriguing photographs, illustrations and facts help to explain the diversity and power of one of the closest animals to people, showcasing the splendor, grace and physical beauty of horses as well as revealing how changes and adaptation have enabled them to walk through the ages with humankind. The book is as educational about equine culture as it is artistic as an illustrated book.
Tamsin Pickeral was born in England, the daughter of a veterinarian and an artist/art teacher, and lived close to horses and animals from childhood. After graduating with a degree in art history and architecture, Pickeral traveled extensively and began researching the history of horses in art while working as a veterinary nurse. She launched her current career as a writer by leveraging her knowledge of art and history and experience with animals and equestrian sports. Her earlier works include “The Elegance of the Cat” and “The Spirit of the Dog.”
Astrid Harrisson is an award-winning photographer who has used her strong background in art and design to shape her approach towards photography in a unique and artistic manner. First inspired by horses when working on a ranch in Argentina in 2008, she has trained her lens on the world’s finest and rarest horses, often in some of the most interesting cultures around the globe.
A Rikkyo University graduate with a degree in Department of Letters Course in German Literature, Fumi Kawagishi’s translations include “Den Tagen mehr Leben geben” (by Dörte Schipper), “Architektier: Baumeister der Natur” (by Ingo Arndt and Jürgen Tautz) and numerous films and manga comics. He is also a columnist for the magazine, “Interpretation/Translation Journal.”
Currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, publisher X-Knowledge Co., Ltd specializes in architecture and interior publications, including its best-known magazine “Architecture Knowledge.” The company has recently expanded into educational publications such as illustrated biological encyclopedias, home-keeping and hobby books and art-related publications, aiming to provide society with highly useful information and knowledge.
2017 JRA Trainer Ranking
2017 JRA Jockey Ranking