Momoko Sakura (8 May 1965 – 15 August 2018) was a Japanese cartoonist, essayist, songwriter, and screenwriter. Sakura is famous for writing the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan in which the protagonist has the same name as her, and in which the story is based on her childhood.
Over the years the Chibi Maruko-chan book series has gotten a lot of success. More than 30 million copies were sold. Sakura was also a very popular author, as she had a very unique viewpoint and narrative in her stories, especially in the stories Momokanzume, Saru no Koshikake and Tai no Okashira which have sold over a million copies.