During 2008, in its continued celebrations co-inciding with the then upcoming CELEBRATION JAPAN convention in 2008, STARWARS.COM had a super new section, sadly long since deleted with its 2011 revised "new-look"!, on Japanese book cover art on the Original Trilogy and the Exanded Universe. The artwork on display there would prove superb. Obviously in a different style to the US book compositions, so many of the Japanese art pieces have proved so much better, fully capturing what the Saga means to this particular author (and let's not forget those wonderful Manga STAR WARS comics, either!). I think that this particular image, from VISION OF THE FUTURE, is absolutely magnificent-capturing the likenesses of the cast post RETURN OF THE JEDI extremely well (though the Leia image is obviously from EMPIRE). It's a shame that some of the books can't have the option for you to pick your favourite cover when you buy them-this would be my choice.
The beauty of the ever evolving STAR WARS SAGA art will never diminish whilst continually talented new artists join the ranks, bringing welcome new eyes and perspectives to our favourite scenes from the films and series, not only in contributions from Europe and the US, but Japan as well-I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing future covers from that territory (so much of Japanese STAR WARS fandom, and the history of it's popularity there, seems a mystery that I'm aching to see it explored further in sources not only like STARWARS.COM but beyond), especially with the new CLONE WARS series, and when the new live action series eventually debuts.
Check out more Japanese art here: CLASSIC AND PREQUEL JAPANESE STAR WARS/WILLOW BOOK COVERS ART