Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--October 2017 Issue

Hi, my name is Naoki Umeda, and I’m a member of the Rights Department at Sunmark Publishing. This month I have a big event coming up soon, which is the birth of my first child! (Probably a boy, I’ve been told.) To welcome the baby into our home, we have a lot of things to do. Above all, deciding on his name is a very, very big matter for us right now.

In Japan, to decide a baby’s name, parents consider both the sound and the stroke count of the kanji (“Chinese” characters) used for that name. The number of strokes in a kanji (for example, the kanji “木” has 4 strokes) used in a name is so important, because the number of strokes has special significance. For instance, 15 strokes is believed to make the child brave, and so on. In your country, what do parents place importance on when they name their children?


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

Topics of the Month

Frankfurt Book Fair again this year

One of our annual events is coming up. We’re attending the Frankfurt Book Fair again this year. As you all may know, it will be held from October 11th to 15th. Just as before, we’ll share our stand with the American publisher Beyond Words, in Hall 6.0 D4.

If you happen to be near, please come by to visit us. We’ll be displaying our representative works as well as newly published ones.

Editors of the Month

<< Ryu-yan>>

05hen_ryuu I’m Ryu-yan. I edited A Compass to Fulfillment by Kazuo Inamori, which has sold over 1.2 million copies in Japan and more than 2 million copies in China. I also edited The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, which, by series, has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Those are just a couple of the books I’ve edited.  I favor books of the “spiritual” or “science of humanity” genre. Therefore I believe that the more I am into a genre, the more I can do a good job. For instance, four times I’ve visited the Findhorn Community, which is a spiritual community in Scotland.  Also I edited 8 books of Shimin Sakamura, who is an eminent poet in Japan and whom I respect as the master of my life.

I would like to edit books while having fun, my motto being “Make known the way to live in order to be happy”.


Outstanding Past Achievements:

A Compass to Fulfillment  by Kazuo Inamori

The Hidden Messages in Water  by Masaru Emoto

I Am Who I Was Meant to Be  by Rio Inyaku


<< HANA>>

08hen_hanaeI’m a working mother with two children. It’s hard to find spare time in my daily life, but playing with my kids is always the most precious, refreshing time of my day.

As an editor, I’d love to take on a variety of genres and writing styles.

My dream for now is that Lessons From a Sadistic Universe When I Was 20,000,000 Yen in Debt, a book that I edited, will be translated into many different languages around the world.


Outstanding Past Achievements: 

Lessons From a Sadistic Universe When I Was 20,000,000 Yen in Debt by Hiroshi Koike

How to Connect with Your Mischievous Inner Self  by Yukimasa Kinjo

Hot Titles

A Body That Doesn’t Sag

by Saki Ono

ISBN978-4-7631-3618-3 C0077

190 pages / July 2017 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

50,000 copies sold in the first 3 weeks!
Problems with weight loss and getting into shape are determined by the placement of our intestines.


☆The positioning of our intestines influences our weight and figure.

☆ Defeat gravity with one 15-second exercise.

☆ Target your sagging bottom, breasts, flabby arms and midsection, and bloated face and legs.

☆Many women have lost up to 9 kg and 18 cm around their waist and increased their bust by three sizes.

☆ See results in as early as two weeks

☆Includes many illustrations for a fun and informative read.


No diet plans actually work.

You regain lost weight almost immediately.

It seems like your bottom and breasts continue to sag.


All of these are influenced by the placement of our intestines.

After meeting with over 5,000 patients, author Saki Ono affirmed that the placement of our intestines influences our weight and figure. As waste matter becomes more difficult to pass and body fat builds up, it becomes more difficult to lose weight, and parts of the body begin to sag under the added stress. Since our intestines are close to eight meters long, it’s no wonder our body sags with that extra weight.

Your worries are over! By doing the simple stretch recommend by Ono, you will not only lose weight, but your body will perk up. With only one 15-minute exercise, it takes little effort and little time to improve your figure. The book’s illustrations make the process fun as well.

From the table of contents

Prologue              Women with higher-positioned intestines stay in shape.

Chapter 1            A dissection of a fit body

Chapter 2            What happens when our intestines fall?

Chapter 3            This amazing stretch will improve your figure in just 15 seconds.

Chapter 4            Work at it a little bit every day.

Chapter 5            Foods that prevent sagging

From the editor "Umechan"

16hen_umeI was surprised when I first heard that the positioning of our intestines influences our weight and figure. There are many books about the importance of intestinal bacteria and flora, but this is the first about the placement of the intestines. This new and important knowledge needs to become more widespread. Also, humorous illustrations featuring such characters as Mrs. Dirty Intestines, the Large Bowel Family and the Small Bowel Family make this book a fun read. This is surely the world’s most interesting and easy-to-understand book about intestinal health.


Saki Ono

Saki Ono is a nurse and the representative director of the Japan Association of Intestinal Health. She is from Nagano, Japan.


Intending to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who was a public health nurse, she got her first nursing job at the National Center for Child Health and Development, where she was assigned to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.


Having had problems with constipation, and experience in dealing with children who suffered stomach-related health conditions, she realized the importance of stomach health and conducted research on the stomach at an outpatient clinic.


Using her knowledge gained at the outpatient clinic, she has developed successful weight-loss methods and ways to improve stomach health and bowel movements, such as an intestinal massage and a unique stretching technique.


She started an esthetic salon in Aoyama, Tokyo, called GENIE with the goal of teaching intestinal health to women who worry about the effects of aging. Her stretch can be done easily at home. Popular models and celebrities are doing it and have said that their skin started to look more radiant after only two days! Saki Ono is a top therapist who has helped over 5,000 female patients improve their intestinal health.


In order to spread more awareness of the importance of intestinal health, she formed the Japan Association of Intestinal Health in 2013.

Take Soapless Baths for Rejuvenated Skin!

by Yoko Takahashi

ISBN978-4-7631-3629-9 C0030

156 pages / July 2017 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

Tested by celebrities!
Simply soaking in hot water is enough!


Introducing a no-soap bathing method made famous by Japanese comedian Tamori, Japanese musician Masaharu Fukuyama, and various female celebrities including Japanese model Rola. Can the body be properly cleaned without using soap? What about body odor? A doctor who has taken soapless baths for over 20 years reveals the secret to eliminating dry, itchy, and cracked skin.

From the table of contents

◎ Forget everything you’ve learned about skin care! 

◎ Are skin problems caused by an obsession with “cleanliness”? 

◎ Over-washing is never a good thing. 

◎ Famous people who don’t use soap 

◎ Sweat and oils are broken down by hot water.

◎ How long does it take for body odor to develop? 

◎ Do you know about “heat shock proteins”?

◎ Morning bath recommendations

◎ The 8 benefits of soaking and rinsing in hot water only

◎ How to keep your skin moisturized

◎ No need for body lotion!

◎ Moderation is the key

From the editor "Kazu"




Actually, I haven’t used face soap or body soap for the last 5 years. I’ve been amazed by the results.

The athlete’s foot and odor worries I had for over 20 years are now gone. How did I do it?

The answer lies in this book. It will change everything you know about personal hygiene.




Yoko Takahashi

Dr. Yoko Takahashi graduated from Tokyo Women’s Medical University in 1985. She has also been a lecturer and ophthalmologist at the Jikei University School of Medicine and an associate professor at Doshisha University’s Anti-aging Medical Research Center, and has studied abroad at Harvard University. She currently practices at her own Mitani Eye Clinic. She is also still active in the research and popularization of anti-aging medical science. She studies heart, mind, and brain health in search of simple health methods that promote long-lasting youthfulness and beauty. As an author, she has also published Become 10 Times More Attractive — Beauty Starts Here! (Mikasa Shobo).