Crunchyroll released a video featuring Junji Ito touring the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. The house is known for it’s bizarre architecture and unusual interior designs including a stairway to nowhere and doors that open to nowhere.
Crunchyroll Expo also invited the critically acclaimed manga author to its recent convention in San Jose earlier this year in September. At the convention, an anime adaption was announced for Uzumaki which is slated for premiere in 2020. His official bio from the convention website:
Born in Gifu Prefecture. After graduating from high school, he became a dental technician. While working, he contributed his manga stories to Monthly Halloween (Asahi Sonorama)’s rookie manga contest “Kazuo Umezu Award” and won its fine work prize with “Tomie” in 1986, which also became his debut title and one of his well-known stories. Since then, he has written various masterpieces, such as “Michi no Nai Machi” (The Town Without Streets), “Kubitsuri Kikyu” (The Hanging Balloons), “Soichi” series, “Shibito no Koiwazurai” (Lovesick Dead), “Uzumaki,” and “Gyo.” In 2017, he reached the 30th anniversary of his manga artist activity. His latest work “Muma no Kikou” (The Succubus’ Travel Journal) is now serialized in “Nemuki+” (Asahi Shimbun Shuppan).
Source: email correspondence