Nahoko Uehashi (born July 15, 1962 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese writer, most famous for the "Guardian" series,which sold over 1.5 million copies in Japan. One of her novels, Guardian of the Sacred Spirit (Seirei no Moribito) has been adapted into an anime television series, a manga, and a radio drama. The same book was published in English from Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in the summer of 2008, under the title Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, and awarded Mildred L. Batchelder Award in 2009. The sequel, "MORIBITO II: Guardian of the Dark" came out in the summer of 2009. Her recent book, "Kemono no Souja" will be translated into German, Korean, Swedish, Thai and French. The same series has also been adapted into a manga in 2008, and an anime in 2009.
She is an author of juvenile literature, mostly fantasy. Uehashi is also a professor teaching ethnology (especially the Australian Aborigines) at a Japanese University, Kawamura Gakuen Women's University, and having completed a PhD focusing on Australian Aborigines.