This Museum in Japan Features Your Favorite Childhood Manga Characters
Immerse yourself in the world of Osamu Tezuka.
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
7-65, Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on Wednesdays.
Manga comics or graphic novels have greatly impacted the art industry of Japan for quite a long time. One of the art form’s most brilliant pioneers, Osamu Tezuka (more famously known as “the god of manga”), helped in making this craft grow even more.
To honor his works, the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum was built 25 years ago at his birthplace in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture. It underwent a large-scale renovation and reopened last April. They reconstructed the general exhibition zone on the first floor, added details to the chronological table displayed, and replaced some of the exhibits that show the relationship between the city and Tezuka.
The color of the stained glass at the entrance and the pilotis ceiling was also restored to its original color. The newly-installed LED lights give a brighter atmosphere in the museum, and even foreign tourists can now enjoy the exhibits since English explanatory texts have also been added.
The stained glass window has become more vivid in color.
The pilotis ceiling is now brighter than before. This will be the building’s joining segment to the cultural facility that’s scheduled to open in Spring of 2020.
The exterior features a sculpture of a majestic firebird.
Meanwhile, the first-floor general exhibition zone went through a large-scale reconstruction to emphasize the relationship between Tezuka and the city of Takarazuka. TV monitors were installed in several locations to make it easier for visitors to watch.
These capsules illustrate the world of Tezuka.
They also exhibit some precious goods.
“Hanazukin-chan”, a character created by Tezuka, for the exhibition held at Osaka in 1990.
The second floor, which enables access to all the information and movies created by Tezuka, was also renovated. ASTRO BOY Atom, a movie created in 2003 (the year Astro Boy was born) has been added to its collection. Furthermore, with the upgrade on hardware, movies are now streamed more smoothly for guests to enjoy.
The Information/ Anime Search Machine on the second floor increased its number of titles.
At the reborn Jungle Emperor Leo’s resting area, you may enjoy coloring Tezuka’s manga characters.
The second-floor paperback exhibit was transformed to a theme-based exhibition. Since the exhibits are changed on a regular basis, visitors can have a different experience each time they come back to the museum.
The information is now displayed in chronological order. This change in display method has increased the exhibit’s visibility to visitors.
Have a look at the comics published on Takarazuka Revue’s (a famous all-female theatrical company in Japan, based in Takarazuka city) organ magazine.
Tezuka characters drawn by several manga artists are currently displayed at the theme-based exhibit. These pieces were drawn to celebrate Tezuka’s 90th birthday at an event held in Tokyo and Miyagi.
More than 90 pieces will be displayed in three separate periods until the 28th of October. There, visitors can enjoy watching famous Tezuka characters drawn by one of the best manga artists in Japan.
You can see each manga artist’s personality through their drawings.
In addition to this, a special exhibition called, OSAMU TEZUKA MANGA NO KAMISAMA 2 is being held until the 24th of June. It duplicates the special exhibition that celebrates Tezuka’s 90th anniversary, at the Angoulême International Comics Festival held in France last 2018. Through this, you’ll understand how the foreign curators look at Tezuka manga through captions and selection process.
The entrance imitates the gate at the French venue.
Original drawings chosen by the French curators are also displayed.
Airtight cases are used in the special exhibition zone to protect the exhibit.
“In this special exhibition, visitors can watch the Tezuka comics, chosen by French curators, come to life, and get a glimpse of the foreigners’ perspective of the comics. I thank all the fans for supporting the Tezuka comics throughout the 25 years,” says Osamu Tezuka’s son, Makoto Tezuka.
Makoto Tezuka, the Honorary Director/ General Producer of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
For more details, please refer to the official website. Do note that the museum’s second renovation is scheduled to be held during winter this year.
Provided by Kansai Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (5 April 2019)