HarperCollins, 2023

Tokyo Night Parade

Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2023
School Library Journal Best Books of 2023
2024 Children's Book Committee Best Children’s Books of the Year
2024 Barnes & Noble Children’s and YA Awards Shortlist


A Black Japanese girl returns to Tokyo to visit her grandfather and celebrate the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons.

The night parade is about to begin…

The ground thunders in Tokyo. A gust of wind blows. The pitter-patter of paws and claws draws closer. The air is thick with swirling, swooping demons.

It’s Eka’s favorite evening of the year, the one night she refuses to miss. But it’s become harder to travel to Japan now that she’s living across the world in New York. Unsure of when she can return next to see her yokai friends, Eka tries to forget that this could be her last parade for some time.

Instead, she’ll march, sing, dance, and screech until sunrise. Because on this night, there’s no time to waste — the night parade awaits.

J.P. Takahashi

Children’s Author

Bio

J.P. Takahashi was born in New York City and raised by a family of readers in the United States and Japan. She loves a good adventure, in real life and in her imagination—especially when it’s as scary as it is magical.Find J.P. online at JPTakahashi.com and @TakahashiPerry.

HarperCollins / Tegen, 2023

Tokyo Night Parade

Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2023
School Library Journal Best Books of 2023
2024 Children's Book Committee Best Children’s Books of the Year
2024 Barnes & Noble Children’s and YA Awards Shortlist


A Black Japanese girl returns to Tokyo to visit her grandfather and celebrate the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons.

The night parade is about to begin…

The ground thunders in Tokyo. A gust of wind blows. The pitter-patter of paws and claws draws closer. The air is thick with swirling, swooping demons.

It’s Eka’s favorite evening of the year, the one night she refuses to miss. But it’s become harder to travel to Japan now that she’s living across the world in New York. Unsure of when she can return next to see her yokai friends, Eka tries to forget that this could be her last parade for some time.

Instead, she’ll march, sing, dance, and screech until sunrise. Because on this night, there’s no time to waste — the night parade awaits.

Praise for Tokyo:

School Library Journal

★ “A glorious night parade through the streets of Tokyo. Offering a glimpse of modern and traditional Japanese culture, this tale will charm a wide audience, including readers unfamiliar with and those enamored of its folklore, fiction, and manga.” (starred review)

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Shelf Awareness

★ “J.P. Takahashi's debut picture book is a multilayered story, both jubilant and poignant, that captures a girl's return to the hyakkiyagyō (the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons) in her former home of Tokyo… This deeply felt and nuanced story leaves much for child readers to ponder.” (starred review)

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Kirkus

“Eka’s questions about whether the yokai are good or wicked offer intriguing food for thought—like humans, the yokai contain multitudes. With its beautiful night palette, the artwork glows and brings the text and monsters to life. A beautiful tale of friendship and living in the moment."

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Publishers Weekly

“In this yokai-studded reimagining of Japanese folklore, a child who has “come home to Tokyo” reunites with fantastical friends on her favorite evening—that of the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons. [A] visually appealing nighttime romp."

Full Review

Barnes & Noble

“A beautiful blend of the old and new, Takahashi and Tomigahara's storytelling deserves attention across all ages and after you experience it, you'll find yourself admiring the stars, in awe and delighted by the unknowns.“

B&N

"A magical ode to the In-Between—to the space between homes, between creaturely and human worlds, between what the heart can hold and what it misses. This sparkling, Miyazaki-hued story instantly whisked me back to childhood summers in Tokyo, to far-out fables and night festivals, reminding me: the supernatural is often the best doorway to the true."

— Kyo Maclear, author of The Big Bath House and Kumo

"Melodic and mesmerizing and thrilling yet tender, this book is a lush sensory and emotional experience.”

— Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, critically-acclaimed children’s author

“TOKYO NIGHT PARADE will leave readers longing for the worlds we’ve known and curious about the worlds we've yet to discover. An unforgettable story combines with a gorgeously illustrated world, reminding readers that our most magical moments can exist in the here and now. A remarkable debut that delivers abundantly.”

— Antwan Eady, author of Nigel and the Moon

Announcement:

For Educators:

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News:

Events:

May 4, 2024

Bay Area Book Festival
Presented by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Past Events

Springboard for the Arts x Hennepin County LibraryPublishing Panel with Anitra Budd, Bailey Hutchinson, & Mary Taris

Eastern Shore Writers AssociationGetting Your Writing Out: a Debut Kidlit Author Panel with Charlene Thomas & Meg Eden

Barnes & NobleTOKYO NIGHT PARADE Storytime & Signing

The Salt Eaters BookshopTOKYO NIGHT PARADE Launch with Minako Tomigahara & Mabel Hsu

Kweli JournalThe Color of Children’s Literature Conference 2023

Contact:

Representation:

Books: Kathleen Ortiz, KO Media ManagementFilm/TV: Mary Pender, United Talent Agency

Publisher:

TOKYO NIGHT PARADE: HarperCollins Children’s / Katherine Tegen BooksWAITING FOR HANAMI: HarperCollins Children’s

Email:

jpt [at] jptakahashi [dot] com

Media Kit:

Photo credit: H. Walker. Reprint permitted for publicity purposes.All info and files downloadable here.


Short Bio:J.P. Takahashi was born in New York City and raised by a family of readers in the United States and Japan. She loves a good adventure, in real life and in her imagination—especially when it’s as scary as it is magical.Standard Bio:J.P. Takahashi was born in New York City and raised by a family of readers in the United States and Japan. She loves a good adventure, in real life and in her imagination—especially when it’s as scary as it is magical. By day, J.P. works in publishing as a literary agent. She’s the author of Tokyo Night Parade (2023) and Waiting for Hanami (2025), and can be found online at jptakahashi.com and on Instagram @TakahashiPerry.Social Media Links:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TakahashiPerryBuy Links:Tokyo Night Parade (HarperCollins, 2023):HarperCollinsIndieboundAmazonBarnes & NobleTargetBookshopPraise for TOKYO NIGHT PARADE:A 2024 Children's Book Committee Best Children's Book of the Year
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2023
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2023
Shortlisted for the 2023 Barnes & Noble Children's & YA Book Awards
★ “A glorious night parade through the streets of Tokyo. Offering a glimpse of modern and traditional Japanese culture, this tale will charm a wide audience, including readers unfamiliar with and those enamored of its folklore, fiction, and manga.” — School Library Journal (starred review)★ “J.P. Takahashi's debut picture book is a multilayered story, both jubilant and poignant, that captures a girl's return to the hyakkiyagyō (the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons) in her former home of Tokyo… This deeply felt and nuanced story leaves much for child readers to ponder.” — Shelf Awareness (starred review)“Eka’s questions about whether the yokai are good or wicked offer intriguing food for thought—like humans, the yokai contain multitudes. With its beautiful night palette, the artwork glows and brings the text and monsters to life. A beautiful tale of friendship and living in the moment." — Kirkus Reviews“In this yokai-studded reimagining of Japanese folklore, a child who has “come home to Tokyo” reunites with fantastical friends on her favorite evening—that of the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons. [A] visually appealing nighttime romp." — Publishers Weekly"Debut author Takahashi crafts an enchanting child's-eye view of this night when the worlds of humans and emons overlap, with the significance of this mythology deepended through her personal experience of growing up within family traditions of the U.S. and Japan.” — Booklist“A beautiful blend of the old and new, Takahashi and Tomigahara's storytelling deserves attention across all ages and after you experience it, you'll find yourself admiring the stars, in awe and delighted by the unknowns.“ — Barnes & Noble