Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--March 2015 Issue

201503_konmariAs mentioned in the last NEWS Mail, Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, visited San Francisco and New York this January and February. She spoke to audiences in both cities, and her speech, through English and Japanese, in front of a full house of local readers and fans was a great success. Articles based on interviews with her during the visit appeared in newspapers such as The New York Times and The Boston Globe. The waves of “Sparking Joy” tidying seem to grow larger and larger.

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Topic of the Month

The excitement of the phenomenal bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is now spreading into Italy!

We’ve announced the great response to the worldwide bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo many times over in this NEWS Mail, but it’s still growing with no boundaries. Following its success in the U.S., the book is now reaching another milestone–in Italy! Just four months after its release, the Italian version has ranked No. 1 on the bestseller list of Amazon Italy this February. As the French version will be released in France soon, what we expect next is to find the title on the top 10 bestseller lists in three different language communities at the same time: English, Italian, and French.

Hot Titles

The Illustrated Guide to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondo


252 pages / January 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

The long-awaited illustrated version of the acclaimed cleanliness "bible" is here!


Since its initial release in December of 2010, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold more than 1.4 million copies domestically and enjoyed wide coverage on TV and in magazines. The book has also taken the rest of the world by storm. Translated versions have been published in 25 countries around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, China, Korea, and Taiwan. The book also earned mention in the New York Times. The latest installment in the series is The Illustrated Guide to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In this version, author Marie Kondo has constructed the book to incorporate an abundance of illustrations to go along with the 108 simple cleaning tips taken from her classes on organization — a reissue that is exactly what her legions of fans have been eagerly awaiting. For both amateur and expert cleaners, it’s just what the doctor ordered. Don’t clean another inch of your house until you’ve read every word in this book. Think of it as the ultimate collection of the know-how of Marie Kondo — an encyclopedia of cleaning wizardry that will put your life back in order. Incorporate the wizardry of cleanliness into your life and see for yourself just how significant the change can be.

From the table of contents

14 Get the hang of putting things into drawers
20 How to clean and store shoes
21 Packing for a vacation or business trip
26 How to keep your books well organized
47 Ways to keep your cosmetics in order
64 Letting go of your stuffed animals
71 How to keep kitchenware neatly organized
75 Give your cutlery the “VIP treatment”
87 How to store consumable goods in the kitchen
90 How to lend an air of “cuteness” to your kitchen
95 Turn the bathroom into an open space

From the editor

Four years after the release of this series, the desk in my office, cleaned in true Marie Kondo fashion, has yet to become messy again. Since I was the head editor, I naturally took it upon myself to put her lessons into practice, and can honestly say they’ve done wonders for my life. I feel confident we’ve made a good book, especially since we’ve received positive reviews from readers practically every day. We’ve also received numerous requests for an illustrated version of the book, which we are now pleased to be able to offer. This useful book is a must-have. I hope you like it just as much as you did the earlier version.


Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant whose profession is turning dirty rooms into spaces as pristine as hotel suites. In her private lessons, she’s successfully assisted over 1,000,000 students. She acquired a love for cleaning, cooking and sewing by reading Japanese housekeeping magazines such as ESSE and Orenji-Peji (Orange Page) when she was in kindergarten, which acted as the foundation of her training. Her enthusiasm for studying the art of cleaning became more serious after she read a best-selling book called The Art of Throwing Away when she was in her final year of junior high school. In her second year at university, she started a consulting company and her first website, where she began taking her expertise public. Her presence became known gradually by word-of-mouth, and the quality of her lessons gained a reputation for being so useful that “once you take them, you’ll never be messy again.” As a result, every student she’s had has completed her course and graduated. In 2011, her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, became a million-seller, and has gone on to be published in 24 countries. She has enjoyed attention from various international media outlets including a feature in the New York Times. Along with her new illustrated book, the series also includes The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 2 and Experience the Pulsing Magic of Tidying Up Every Day.

If You Could Communicate With Animals

by Sachi Morinaga


222 pages / November 2014 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

The leading authority in animal communication tells us what "they" are really saying.


“If I could communicate with animals…”

If you’re a pet owner, you’ve surely considered this at least once. In fact, communicating with animals is by no means impossible, as it has become apparent that both humans and animals desire to form a strong emotional bond with one another. There are certainly those who scoff at the notion of communication with animals. However, if you only clear your mind and open your ears, you too can hear what they are “saying.”

“I love you, Mom (owner)!”
“I want to play outside longer.”
“My role in this house is to strengthen the family’s relationship.”

Animals do have these and other similar thoughts, and we can often be moved to tears or laughter by truly connecting with them. In this book, the author recounts her experiences of speaking with animals, sharing with us the true thoughts and feelings — particularly of cats and dogs — that are often ignored. I strongly recommend this book to pet owners who wish to deepen their ties with their pets, to troubled pet owners, and to those who are considering owning a pet in the future.

From the table of contents

– Story 01 What dogs really want to convey with their pesky, pointless barking: “I’m not a prince.”

– Story 03 What dog-hating dogs are secretly thinking: “I won’t let anything happen to Mom!”

– Story 06 A pet’s rebellion starts with the small things: “I always want to be the favorite!”

– Story 08 They love you with all their heart: “I’m all grown up now.”

– Story 11 No pet dies resenting their owner: “I’m very happy to have lived in this home.”

From the editor

Morinaga-san has a Golden Retriever and a number of other dogs in her office — all of which poked their heads between my legs and snuggled up to my feet as I sat and spoke with her about this book. For a person like me who has always wanted a pet — but doesn’t live in an environment that would allow such a privilege — I was in absolute bliss. Those were the most enjoyable meetings of my editing career, and I was a bit saddened when the project ended and I could no longer visit with them. I highly recommend this book, as pet owners and non-owners alike will no doubt find it a source of enlightenment.


Sachi Morinaga

Sachi Morinaga is an animal communicator from Tochigi Prefecture in Japan. Having always been around animals as a child, she grew up to make a career out of it. She also studied dog training and has been a prominent supporter of protection for dogs and cats. Later on, after her own dog became afflicted with atopic dermatitis, she tried a number of holistic skin care treatments and then began studying healing and relaxation techniques such as Reiki and Qigong in 2000. When she traveled overseas to attend an animal communication workshop with her dog in 2003, she was moved and inspired by the connection she was able to establish with her pet and began studying animal communication.
After officially beginning work as an animal communicator in 2004, Morinaga-san held countless sessions with animals, contributed to magazines and appeared on TV. She opened her own animal communication school in 2008, and to this day trains professional communicators.