Taniguchi Jiro (谷口 ジロー) is an author of {{Shonen}} and gekiga mangas. Born in 1947 in Tottori, he started out as a mangaka in 1969. His first published work was ''Kareta Heya'' (A Desiccated Summer). In 1970, he discovered the [[FrenchBelgianComicBooks French-Belgian school of comics]], then virtually unknown in Japan, and was influenced by the ''ligne claire'' (clear line) style pioneered by Herge, the creator of ''{{Tintin}}''; ironically, Herge had himself developed his seminal style under the influence of a Chinese artist.

From 1976 to 1979, he worked with scenarist Sekigawa Natsuo to write hard-boiled stories such as ''City Without Defense'', ''The Wind Of The West Is White'' and ''Lindo 3''. From 1984 to 1991, he and Sekigawa wrote the historical trilogy ''Bocchan No Jidai'', about the cultural transformation of Japan during the Meiji Era.

From the 1990s, he begins to focus on small things in everyday life, relations between people, and between humans and animals. His stories become more contemplative and wistful; with ''The Man Who Walks'', he abandons plot altogether to depict, simply, a man talking a walk in his Tokyo neighborhood. ''Land Of Dreams'' is a series of short SliceOfLife stories about ordinary people and their pets.

He often uses elements from his own life in his stories, most notably with ''The Almanac Of My Father'' and more recently ''AZooInWinter''. He sometimes introduces elements of MagicalRealism: in ''ToADistantTown'', the main character is a middle-aged man who is sent back in time to relive his teenage years; in ''ABrightBlueSky'', an adult man finds himself in the body of a 20-year-old boy after a traffic accident.

He has cooperated on several occasions with French-Belgian graphic artist FredericBoilet, who has been instrumental in making Taniguchi better-known in Europe.