Osamu Tezuka in Takadanobaba

Osamu Tezuka, considered the father of manga, was born in the neighborhood of Takadanobaba in 1928. Takadanobaba is a quiet student neighborhood in Tokyo located near Waseda University, north of Shinjuku. Tezuka lived practically all his live in Takadanobaba and the neighborhood appears sometimes in some of his works; for example in his manga Astro Boy, the main character was born in the “future” in the year 2003 in Takadanobaba. Tezuka Osamu died at the end of the 80s, but his work is still alive in Japan. In 2003, to celebrate the “birth” of Astro Boy, streets in Takadanobaba were decorated with murals to pay tribute to one of the most respected mangakas in history. The murals are permanent and you can see them if you visit the subway station (it’s only 5 minutes from Shinjuku using the Yamanote line)

Takadanobaba Osamu Tezuka

Takadanobaba Osamu Tezuka

Takadanobaba Osamu Tezuka

Takadanobaba

Takadanobaba

Tezuka
Atmosphere next to the station.

Tezuka

Tezuka

Tezuka

Tezuka

Takadanobaba

Takadanobaba

Takadanobaba

Takadanobaba

Takadanobaba
Advertising of an academy to educate future movie animators.

When Yamanote trains stop at Takadanobaba station, the Astro Boy melody is played in the subway. In this video you can hear the song:

Tezuka

Tezuka

1 Comment
  • Lital from A Dose of Sweetness

    November 17, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I should have read this post before going to Japan !!!

    You blog sheds so much (more) light on the different nuances that exist in every day Japan.

    Thanks !