Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--April 2019 Issue

Hello, I’m Shizue, a member of the Rights Team at Sunmark. 

March 3rd is Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) or Momo-no-sekku (Girls’ Day or Peach Festival) in Japan. On that day we pray for the health and happiness of girls.

I have two daughters, so I prepare for that day every year. I start displaying the Hina dolls before March 3rd,  and then on the day itself, I cook Hinamatsuri dishes with nanohana (rape blossoms), hamaguri (clams), and other traditional ingredients.

Hina dolls are believed to protect their owner, so I bought the dolls to my first daughter.

When I had my second daughter, I couldn’t decide what to do about Hina dolls. I wanted to get them to each daughter, but I didn’t want to buy two of the same sets of dolls.

Then I remembered hearing that in Fukuoka, in Kyushu, the display of Hinamatsuri dolls is different from the one in Tokyo. The dolls are displayed with Sagemon, beautiful handmade balls and other objects, in the city of Yanagawa in Fukuoka Prefecture.

I went straight to Yanagawa to buy Sagemon.

Sagemon are completely handmade, and a big, colorful ball is typical. I was able to buy my favorite ones in Yanagawa.

The time for displaying Hina dolls and Sagemon is short, but I will continue giving my love to them all year long.

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Topic of the Month

The “Trunk Muscle Reset Diet”2 — Thin down just where you need it is selling well in the market.

A sequel to The “Trunk Muscle Reset Diet” That Top Models Have Kept Secret, just released in January, sold up to 120,000 copies within 2 months. The first book, which sold 1.2 million copies, was one of the best-selling books of 2017, so we’re expecting good results for this new one, too.

Hot Titles

The “Trunk Muscle Reset Diet” 2 -- Thin down just where you need it

by Kenichi Sakuma

ISBN978-4-7631-3737-1 C2075

158 pages / January 2019 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

Extreme Sectional Weight Loss is the follow-up volume of the 1,200,000-copy best-selling Trunk Muscle Reset Diet.


Introducing four secret steps to slimming those stubborn areas in just four minutes.

Stubborn areas like the waist, stomach, thighs, calves, hips, and arms take at least one month to show results, and we know exactly why. Can’t wait a whole month? Want to see results tomorrow? We’ve introduced easy exercises developed just for you that only take a minute of your time.


Also, in the previous book, we provided a QR code linking to a video demonstration of the five basic exercises that make up the Trunk Muscle Reset Diet. Using your smartphone, you can focus on your movements and pacing without having to watch the clock.


We hope this book will aid in helping you tighten up and slim down even more.


The more you do, the slimmer you’ll get — Extreme Sectional Weight Loss exercises

The reason why those stubborn areas are difficult to slim down is poor muscle use. If we don’t move our muscles properly, no amount of exercise will make us slim. This book introduces four essential exercises for more efficient weight loss. These exercises condition your body to keep the weight off as well.


Lose weight throughout the day with a 1-minute “Instant Down-Sizing” exercise

This book also provides an exercise for those who want to see fast results. It’s perfect for doing before an important outing or for a motivational boost.


Comes with a QR code linking to an instructional video to boost results

We’ve provided a video to help you make sure your movements and pacing are correct when performing the exercises. If you’re trying these exercises for the first time, this video makes it easy! Using the Sectional Weight Loss and Instant Down-Sizing exercises along with the Trunk Muscle Reset exercises from the previous book will bring even faster results.

From the table of contents

Chapter 1 Tighten up those stubborn areas — Extreme Sectional Weight Loss secrets

Chapter 2 First, the ever-frustrating midsection! — Extreme stomach-slimming exercise
Chapter 3 No more hiding your thighs and calves under your clothes — Extreme leg-slimming   exercise

Chapter 4 Slim down the areas you’d given up on — Extreme arm, hip, and back-slimming exercise

Chapter 5 Want to know more? — An analysis of Trunk Muscle Reset exercises

Appendix To those who have had trouble losing weight

From the editor "Hasumin"

Those who read the last book might be thinking, “Didn’t you say we can’t do sectional weight loss?” It’s true that most diets push you to lose fat across your entire body. In this book, Sakuma introduces methods for pinpointing weight loss that he teaches his model clients. Sakuma says there are reasons why it’s easy to put on pounds in certain areas, but we can easily slim our bodies down by following four simple steps. You may be shocked by some of the reasons explained in the book. This is a coveted weight-loss method that models use before photo shoots and auditions. The book is for anyone who is concerned about their figure.


Kenichi Sakuma

Kenichi Sakuma is a personal trainer and body sculpting specialist. He has trained everyone from models to Japanese Miss International and Miss World contestants. He has also trained American, French and British Miss International contestants and is a trusted trainer within the entertainment industry. He is often hired by talent agencies and has experience supervising magazine shoots and TV appearances. He runs a physical training studio called CharmBody, which has locations in Aoyama, Ginza, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukui, Mie, Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai. He has been an accomplished trainer since his student days, working with as many as 4,000 clients a year, or about 436 clients in a month. He studied exercise psychology at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the US state of Colorado.

Get Slim Without Sweating -- Slender Bone Diet

by Ikue Shibata

ISBN978-4-7631-3699-2 C0036

95 pages / December 2018 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

Hate exercising? Hate dietary restrictions? Want to be slender?
A trainer who specializes in getting fit without tough exercise has just the program for you!


You can get slim without going to the gym, doing hard training or breaking into a sweat.

Those who dislike exercising try various diets but always end up coming back to the “Slender Bone Diet,” a popular diet program created by Ikue Shibata, a body balance trainer nicknamed “Professor Bones.”  


Many satisfied dieters have remarked at how clear Shibata’s explanations are, making this program especially easy for beginners. Also, very little training is involved, so adding the program to your daily routine is easy, allowing you to lose weight before you know it.

Shibata herself hates to exercise, and her program has become a refuge of sorts for other women who feel the same.


That’s right! Professor Bones, popular trainer and mother of one, hates walking, swimming and playing ball games. She is a trainer who truly feels the pain of those who want to lose weight but don’t like to exercise.


Shibata started ballet at the age of five to improve her weak constitution. She then studied dance at a physical education university, and became a ballet teacher as well as a yoga and Pilates instructor at a sports gym.


Then her life changed when she had a child at the age of 30. As she was exercising less and less, she started to put on weight.


She gained 10 kg and went from an extra-small to an extra-large. She no longer had the time or energy to visit the gym as she did before having a child, but she felt a strong desire to return to being a trainer. She then remembered the importance of bone movement, which she had learned while doing ballet, and adopted the form back into her lifestyle.


She reapplied three elements in her daily routine that include improving the way you sit, restoring hip rotation and improved arm movement. In just a year and a half, she returned to her extra-small size without breaking into a sweat or spending time at the gym, and this also gave birth to a new stage in her career as a trainer.

Everything Professor Bones teaches in this book is very simple.


It’s all about the ischium, hip and collar bones. Repositioning and using these bones properly drastically changes your body. This is more important than focusing on losing fat or gaining muscle. If your bones are moving properly, muscle movement will also improve, allowing you to burn more energy. Lymph and blood flow also improve, which eliminates swelling and makes you slimmer. You can change your appearance just by focusing on these three bones.


We’re very excited to share this extremely easy slimming method discovered by a trainer who hates exercising as much as you do.

From the table of contents


– A trainer who understands how it feels to hate exercising

–  How can we be slimmer without spending time at the gym?

– Turn down-time into training time with the “Slender Bone Diet”

– Why are the bones important?

– To lose weight, focus on these three bones


Lesson 1   Ischium beauty

A lesson about sitting properly

◎ Basic ischium exercises: Sitting on your ischium

Lesson 2   Hip joint beauty

A lesson on “Ashiri” removal for agile hip joints

◎ Basic hip joint exercises: “Feel the Ashiri” stretch

Lesson 3   Collarbone beauty

A lesson about slimming the arms using your collarbone

◎ Basic collarbone exercises: Rotating your shoulders from your collarbone


10 poses that will produce a slim figure

From the editor "HANA"

I turned 40 just before I finished editing this book and felt a wave of determination. “I need to figure out a way to lose weight!” Actually, just about a year ago, I, along with a friend of mine of the same age, decided to join a personal training program. We thought that if we paid a lot of money, we would be motivated to work hard, but it was tough to lose weight in the end. I met Professor Bones just as I was ready to give up and accept being overweight for the rest of my life.

Doing three simple exercises for several days made my arms and legs feel great. Shibata’s program drastically lowers the hurdles. The exercises can be done sitting down, so they’re perfect for a lazybones like me. Yes, it’s easy, and my belly really did get smaller! Also, I carry myself better and I feel more beautiful! I feel like guys have been staring at me on the train! (Maybe not…) It’s been about eight months and I’ve lost 5 kg. My favorite in this book was the “Feel the Ashiri” stretch (You’ll just have to read the book to find out what that is!) I highly recommend this book—and not just because I appear in some of the illustrations!


Ikue Shibata

Ikue Shibata is a body balance trainer. She graduated from the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education. Having a weak constitution in her childhood, she took up ballet and focused her studies on dance in university.  After graduation, she worked as a freelance ballet, yoga and Pilates instructor for 10 years, instructing as many as 80,000 people. She gave birth at the age of 30. Due to postpartum troubles including depression, she went from an extra-small to an extra-large waist. Wanting to return to being an instructor, she reincorporated ballet bone movement techniques into her lifestyle, and went down four sizes in a year and a half. She then developed the “Slender Bone Diet,” hoping to instruct future clients how to easily slim down by simply focusing on bone movement. As Shibata herself hates exercising, she has gained a reputation for being able to provide clear guidance to dieters also unwilling to break into a sweat. Her slim figure and clear explanations about bone movement have led her followers to lovingly call her “Professor Bones.” Ikue Shibata lives in Tokyo and has one child.