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Osamu Tezuka - Japanese Walt Disney

 

Takadanobaba, (or just 'Baba') is an interesting suburb catering to the student population in Tokyo and is full of restaurants and cafes.

 

However 'Baba' was also the home of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion and he is known as the “father of manga".

 

As a tribute, there are two large colorful murals on permanent display across the street

from the main JR Takadanobaba Station entrance.

 

The station also uses the theme tune from the Astro Boy TV series as it's signal for approaching and departing trains. (Every station on the Yamanote Line has a different melody - to assist commuters in overcrowded trains to identify and recognise each paticular station during busy times!)

 

Osamu Tezuka's achievements in the field of Manga (Japanese Comics) and Anime (Japanese animation) were impressive and are best summarised by this excerpt from Wikpedia:

 

" ........ Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治 Tezuka Osamu?, November 3, 1928 – February 9, 1989) was a Japanese cartoonist, manga artist, animator, producer, activist and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack. He is often credited as the "Godfather of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his formative years. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as "the father of manga", "the god of comics" and "kamisama of manga". ..... "

  

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Taken on May 31, 2012