Asa Higuchi (ひぐち アサ Higuchi Asa?, 1970-) is a female mangaka, born in Urawa, Saitama Prefecture (now part of Saitama City). She graduated from Saitama Prefecture's prestigious Urawanishi High School and Hosei University's department of psychology, with a major in sports psychology. During her high school days, she was a member of her school's softball team, which would go on to be an inspiration in her work Ōkiku Furikabutte.

In 1998, Higuchi won noted seinen manga magazine Afternoon's Shiki competition with her work Yuku tokoro. It was noted for the unique relationships shared by its characters and was subsequently published in the August issue of the magazine, thus marking her debut as a mangaka. She is currently working on Ōkiku Furikabutte, which has spanned 13 volumes and being serialized in the monthly Afternoon. It won the 10th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for best creative work in 2006,[1] and the 31st Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2007.[2]


  • Yuku tokoro (1998)
  • Kazoku no Sore Kara (2000, serialized in Afternoon, Kodansha)[3]
  • Yasashii Watashi (2001-2002, serialized in Afternoon, Kodansha)[4][5]
  • Ōkiku Furikabutte (2004-ongoing, serialized in Afternoon, Kodansha)[6][7]


  1. "Tezuka Cultural Award Winners". Anime News Network. Mai 11, 2006. Retrieved April 7, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Ookiku Furikabutte wins Kodansha's Manga Award". Anime News Network. Mai 9, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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