Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--May 2018 Issue

Hi, my name is Naoki Umeda, and I’m a member of the Rights Department at Sunmark Publishing.

In April, my son has his “Half Birthday”! In Japan, “Half Birthday” means “becoming 6 months old” (I think this is Japanese-English). Many Japanese parents congratulate “Baby’s Half Birthday”. Mom especially likes this event, I think.    

So I am very happy, along with my wife, but I have one cause of anxiety.

Lately, my son has begun to show a fear of strangers. I know many babies have such a reaction. The problem is that my son starts crying when he sees my face (even though I’m his father)!

This situation is called “Papa-mishiri” in Japan. “Papa” means “Daddy”, and “mishiri” is “being shy”.

I want to-I must-solve this problem, but now I have no idea how to stop his crying. If you have any great wisdom to share, please tell me how to hold my baby quietly.

If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Ms. Shino Kobayashi, Rights Manager (

Topics of the Month

Before the Coffee Gets Cold in Film

We are happy to announce that Before the Coffee Gets Cold, author Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s bestselling 2016 novel, and its sequel Before the Lies Are Revealed, will be made into a movie, with a 21st September 2018 release-date set for Japan.


The two original books will be adapted into a film by TBS, a major broadcasting network as well as a program / film production company, and then will be distributed by TOHO, the one of the biggest film distributors in Japan. 


International distribution has not yet been announced, but we hope it will reach the countries where the translated books are available.

Sunmark will exhibit at the upcoming New York Rights Fair from May 30th  to June 1st.

The very first New York Rights Fair will be held in New York City from May 30th to June 1st, and Sunmark Publishing will be one of the exhibitors at this trade and licensing show. Please let us know if you would like to meet us at this brand-new fair in New York. We will look forward to seeing you.

Hot Titles

What to Do, What Not to Do

by Teruko Kobayashi

ISBN978-4-7631-3672-5 C0095

249 pages / January 2018 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)

Life hints from an 82-year-old beauty expert.


In this book, looking back on her own past failures, Teruko Kobayashi explains 25 do’s and don’ts that can help people today. 

Get in touch with many of life’s truths that can be found in ordinary situations, presented with a wisdom only someone of Teruko’s age could possess, including “Don’t make comparisons,” “Don’t be jealous,” “Don’t pry,” “Don’t hide your faults,” “Smile,” “Keep moving,” “Make time for yourself,” and “Forgive one another.”


Author Teruko Kobayashi is a beauty research legend who has been active for over 60 years. She started a company at age 56, and established a high school at age 75.  As she still continues to start new projects even at the age of 82, she is an embodiment of the “100-year life span” era that is beginning in Japan. This book is filled with the wisdom that helps a wide range of people including young people in their 20s and healthy 100-year-olds. Know that you can start a new life at any age.

An excerpt from the book:


Worrying won’t do anything for you. All you can do is live your life. It is false that changing to a moderate lifestyle in your old age is a virtue. It’s okay to be a little greedy and covet this one life we have. Do not focus negatively on your faults. The wrinkles you have acquired on your face over time are a badge of honor earned by living a long life. Whether over small or big things, getting bent out of shape is very unattractive. The past is the past, even if it happened only one minute ago. Lamenting over the past won’t change the past, but you can change the future. Smiling becomes even more important with age. Smiling makes you more likable. Apologize when necessary, but always stay true to your beliefs.

From the table of contents

◆ What not to do

Don’t make comparisons

Don’t be jealous

Don’t waste the day

Don’t worry

Don’t become attached to money

Don’t pry

Don’t be envious

Don’t gossip

Don’t hide your faults

Don’t lie

Don’t talk too fast

Don’t overdo it

Don’t be wasteful


And more


◆What to do

Use your full name


Learn from young people

Apologize if it was your fault


Work hard and play hard

Keep a notebook

Take care of yourself

Make time for yourself

Maintain a sense of beauty

Forgive one another

Say a proper goodbye to loved ones

Express gratitude


And more

From the editor "Taka-Tomo"

A veteran editor with over 25 years of experience came to see me and told me she was leaving the publishing company to become a freelance writer. We were university friends who performed in plays together. I asked her, “As an editor, who is the most amazing person you ever met? ” The name that came out of her mouth was author Teruko Kobayashi.


Having faith in her opinion, I went to meet Teruko right away. She is an incredibly charming 82-year-old woman with an overwhelming presence. Every question I had was met with quick, profound responses, and she was nice enough to give me some words of praise. 


“You have a lot of power in your eyes. Not very many people have eyes like that.” Hearing that from a legendary beautician was beyond flattering. Since that day, I’ve spent half a year condensing all of her words down into this book. I hope this book will move you as much as I was moved by speaking with her.



Teruko Kobayashi

Teruko Kobayashi is a beautician and makeup artist born in 1935. During the war and throughout the postwar period, she was raised by 5 people, including her birth parents and foster parents. She moved to Tokyo as a young woman. She attended beauty school and sold insurance door to door.  She then joined the cosmetics company –KOSÉ, where she worked for over 35 years and did research on beauty and developed “natural makeup.” She is responsible for many top-selling cosmetic products for women. Her “magic hands” have been put to use for advertisements, TV and stage plays, bringing out the beauty in thousands of people including both celebrities and non-celebrities. After retiring from KOSÉ in 1991 as the director of the company’s research department she established her own company, Be Fine, at age 56. After her Happy Make line of cosmetics became a hit, she opened a makeup academy called From Hand in 1994 at the age of 59. She has since become the principal of the academy, where numerous makeup artists and instructors are born.


In 2010, at the age of 75, she started a new type of educational institution where one can acquire a high school education while becoming an expert beautician. The school is called Aoyama Beauty Gakuin, and there are currently schools in both Tokyo and Kyoto. She is passionate about the education of young students in their formative years, and strives to foster the talent of the future. Even at age 82, her schedule is booked solid. Along with working as a planner, consultant and trainer, she is also heavily involved in volunteer work. As her work in recent years has been mainly focused around medical care and beauty, she provides research and training lectures to makeup therapists as a representative of the “medical, beauty, mind study group.” She has helped over 100 people become makeup therapists. She has also authored many other books besides this one.

The Laws of the Universe Say Dreams Will Come True

by Ellie Hattori

ISBN978-4-7631-3647-3 C0030

268 pages / December 2017 / 1,600 yen (w/o tax)

Author and Akashic Reader Ellie Hattori teaches the golden rule for using the universe to make your dreams come true.


What would you think if you were told your dreams could completely come true?


“It’s easier said than done.”

“My dreams haven’t come true after all this time, so why now?”


Well, the author says that your dreams will come true because we live in a world where dreams come true.


Ellie worked at various jobs before becoming aware of the Akashic Records. The Akashic Records are essentially a library of information about all that has existed in the universe since the beginning of time. After becoming an expert in the ways of accessing this information, Ellie began conducting one-on-one sessions and holding seminars.


By reading and understanding the Akashic Records, and finding ways to make dreams come true, she has helped numerous people realize their dreams. The golden rule to achieve this is simple but powerful.


Making your dreams come true involves only three things.


  1. Intent
  2. Moving energy
  3. Dealing well with conflict


“Intent” means making an active decision to realize your dreams.  The moment you make a decision, a “dot” will appear inside you. The “dot” will eventually turn to a swirl. The swirl will keep growing, and once it’s filled with energy, your dreams will begin to come true. You can eliminate conflict that distracts the flow of this swirl by acknowledging it.


According to the author, the way to realize your dreams is to discover your mission on this earth. This doesn’t apply only to grandiose life missions; there are also people born with a desire to simply eat well, enjoy life and sleep soundly. All missions can be easily accomplished.  


Realizing your dreams doesn’t require great effort or hardship. The author says the cosmos teaches us that dreams are more easily realized without exerting effort. This book explains this extremely easy way to realize your dreams in great detail and will be the one book that changes your life.

From the table of contents

◎ The Akashic Records changed my life

◎ The order of the cosmos is very simple

◎ The secret is simply taking it easy while being fully intent

◎ The less effort you make, the more you can expand your energy

◎ Learn how to harness conflict to help realize your dreams

◎ The cosmos will support you if you follow your life’s mission

◎ Earth is given to each and everyone

From the editor "Ryu-yan"

A large envelope of documents arrived at our editorial office about a year ago. Inside were a handwritten note and a book proposal in a pink file folder. The profile picture looked like that of a beautiful actress or celebrity. I knew right away that what I was holding could be made into a book. Looking back, however, it’s quite peculiar, since the proposal wasn’t polished and she hadn’t authored a book before. Regardless, all it took was meeting with her twice to get the book rolling.

My instincts were right. Ellie, who has had a belief since childhood that dreams do come true, explains with ease the mechanisms behind making that happen. All of her information comes from the Akashic Records.

According to her, once you pinpoint your dreams, your swirl of energy will start growing and lead you towards realizing those dreams. This is the same process in which the universe was created. This inspired me to change my outlook. I didn’t know it until later, but her dream was to release a book. After expressing her intention to the cosmos, she was given the energy to write and send a proposal. Her dream came true, and the secret is that the process was mostly effortless. This book is filled with simple but profound ways to bring your dreams to light and change your life.


Ellie Hattori

Ellie Hattori was born in Nara in 1983. After graduating from university, she worked as a temporary hire and an office worker, but in 2011 she suddenly came across the Akashic records, known as the library of the universe, and began giving private sessions and lectures. She grew to believe that this new world she was a part of had the power to make dreams come true, and began focusing her work in that direction. She is an Akashic reader, author, lecturer and advisor. In 2017, she established the Akashic Academy Japan, of which she is a representative.