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Nobuko Ashihara

Nobuko Ashihara

Mind Sketch Illustrator // Living in Moenchengladbach and Hamburg, Germany. She started her life in Germany 27 years ago and has spent most of the time in Hamburg as a corporate employee, and illustration has been always her passion. The death of her husband let her think, ”Life is short and for the rest of my life I will do whatever my soul deserves, whatever I pour my passion into.” That was the time, an illustrator NORIMA ELMA was born. Since then, her unique styled illustrations have been attracted people into her “One and Only” world. One remarkable work is “Du bist fort (You are gone)”, illustrated book and animation produced in 3 languages (Japanese, English and German) that was originally requested by one hospice in Hamburg. Arouse much comments around the world as a really touching works. Her illustrations are delivered worldwidely through book cover design, web page/banner and “Blooming Soul Image”- illustrates clients’ mental scenery by private session.

My Work

Check Out My Recent Work!!

New Book


NEW - The new book is published.

Norima Elma's latest cover designed book "Tatsunaga erkundet Deutschland" is just published. You can get it in bookstores now. ISBN:978-3-944979-02-1



Also available in German & Japanese.

German Version

Japanese Version


Next Exhibition 1
「Voice of soul」in Japan

Tokyo, 20. and 21. November 2016 at Space U / Yutenji, Tokyo

Kyoto, 26. - 28. November 2016 at Cottage (Keibunsha) / Ichijoji, Kyoto

「Voice of soul」in Japan
Kyoto, 26. - 28. November 2016
comming soon

Past Exhibitions


Tokyo 19. and 20. June 2016
Osaka 26. and 27. June 2016

Exhibition in Germany
Düsseldorf 01. - 07. July 2016
At Christengemeinschaft Düsseldorf,Tersteegenstr. 58, 40474 Düsseldorf

Exhibition in Germany
Hamburger Kulturfestival altonale 15 Kunst im Schaufenster „nebenan“
20.06.- 06.07.2014
Im Schaufenster von Marose Grosse Bergstraße 213 22767 Hamburg
New Book
Nobuko Ashihara-Huslage
Nächste Ausstellung : ab 25.März 2015in den Räumen des Hamburger Hospiz im Helenenstift Vernissage am 25.März 2015 um 18Uhr im Hamburger Hospiz im Helenenstift Helenenstr.12, 22765 Hamburg
Personel Exhibition „MOMENTE“ in Hamburg Personel Exhibition „MOMENTE“ in Hamburg Personel Exhibition „MOMENTE“ in Hamburg
Hamburger Kulturfestival altonale 15 Kunst im Schaufenster „nebenan“ 20.06. - 06.07.2014
Im Schaufenster von Wunderhaar -Frisuren und Styling Eulenstr. 89 22763 Hamburg
New Book
Kunst im Schaufenster „Glück“ 5.- 16.06.3013
VON DER MOTTE fast slow food Mottenburger Twiete 14 22765 Hamburg
Tel. 040-572 40962 Mo. geschlossen Di.-Sa. 10:00 - 22:00 www
Hamburger Kulturfestival altonale 15