Japanese manga artist Jiro Taniguchi passed away this weekend. Brian Ashcraft2/13/17 6:00amFiled to: mangajapanartkotakueast45EditSend to EditorsPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkJapanese manga artist Jiro Taniguchi passed away this weekend. Notable works include A Distant Neighborhood, The Walking Man and Kodoku no Gourmet, among many others. He was 69. Brian Ashcraftbashcraft@kotaku.com@Brian_AshcraftOriginally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored four books, including most recently, Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design.