Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tribute to Astro Boy and Black Jack anime creator - Day trip to Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

In May 2010, I traveled in Japan using the JR Pass. While traveling in Kansai Osaka area, I visited Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum 手塚治虫 記念館 in Takarazuka 宝塚 area between Osaka and Kobe.
Astro Boy statue at Tezuka Osamu Museum in Takarazuka

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Classic-anime fans need no introduction for the godfather of manga of Japan, Tezuka Osamu. He is the creator of Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Kimba the White Lion, just to name a few. Tezuka Osamu is also a medical school graduate but he pursued a career of a manga/anime artist for the greater part of his life.
Manga collection at Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Access - Getting there
Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum is located 7-8 minutes from JR Takarazuka Station on foot. I recommend taking JR Takarazuka train line from JR Osaka station to JR Takarazuka station. The train ride takes about 25-35 minutes.
Local JR commuter train to Takarazuka area

It was a nice 8-minute walk from the station to the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum on a clear day.
Takarazuka area near Osaka and Kobe

Nice "suburban" area in Takarazuka. This area is also known for the famous Japanese All-female theater performance group, Takarazuka Revue 宝塚歌劇団.
Streets of Takarazuka area, home of Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum and Takarazuka Revue

Arriving at the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum, I was greeted by the anime character Phoenix statue 火の鳥. Entrance fee is about 700 yen for adults and 100 yen for children.
Anime character Phoenix at Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Hall of fame hand and footprints for the anime characters. Phoenix, Astro Boy, Lion King, and Black Jack etc.
Hand prints at Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Tarakazuka

Rumor has it that Kimba the White Lion ジャングル大帝 is the origin of Disney's The Lion King.
Kimba White Lion Anime Character 

Futuristic looking displays of Tezuka Osamu's artwork and draft.
Anime themed Tezuka Osamu manga museum

Tezuka Osamu is a graduate of Osaka University medical school. He later applied his medical knowledge in his masterpiece manga comic, Black Jack, which depicts a highly skillful surgeon that is capable of treating all types of medical illnesses.
Godfather of manga in Japan, Tezuka Osamu

Timeline of Tezuka Osamu's artwork throughout the years before he passed away in 1989.
Tezuka Osamu was a prolific manga artist in Japan

Small theater inside of the manga museum. The short animated movie lasts about 10-20 minutes and there is no extra charge for visitors.
Theater inside of the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Futuristic decoration for the manga comic book reading area.
Manga comic book reading area inside of the Tezuka Osamu Museum

Tezuka Osamu's Black Jack manga series will always be my favorite.
Manga comic book collection at Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Flipping through the pages of the masterpiece, Black Jack. I heard many Japanese medical students read this manga comic series for the inspiration and motivation for becoming a doctor.
Black Jack Manga Comic Book

Re-creation of the room of a manga artist in Japan.
Room of manga artist in Japan

Another re-creation of the Japanese manga godfather at work.
Tezuka Osamu at work

The kids were making their artwork during a cartoon anime workshop.
Animation workshop at Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Anime-themed interior of Tezuka Osamu manga museum. 
Anime themed Manga Museum in Takarazuka

I could not resist from buying some Black Jack character souvenir such as key chains before leaving the museum. The coin change tray had an Astro Boy sitting on it.
Astro Boy money tray at souvenir shop inside of the Tezuka Osamu Museum

After a few hours of visiting the manga museum, I took the last glance of Black Jack anime character and then went back to Osaka area to spent the rest of the day in Shinsekai 新世界 and Namba 難波 area.
Tribute to Tezuka Osamu and the anime character of Black Jack

Animation YouTube Video

Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum
7-65 Mukogawacho, Takarazuka 665-0844, Hyogo Prefecture
TEL: +81 797-81-2970
手塚治虫 記念館

Takarazuka Revue
1-1-57 Sakaemachi, Takarazuka 665-8558
TEL: +81 570-00-5100
〒665-8558 栄町1-1-57

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