The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
7-65 Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka
Hyogo Prefecture, JAPAN
(10 min. walk from JR Takarazuka Station)

Photos copyright © 2004, 2006 Kat Avila
museum brochure cover
museum brochure cover

*Reproduced under "fair use" provision
of U.S. copyright law, Copyright Act of 1976,
17 U.S.C. § 107, for nonprofit educational purposes.
museum guide map
Takarazuka Municipal
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum map
The Osamu Tezuka* Manga Museum was dedicated on April 25, 1994, in the city of Takarazuka where he grew up. The museum honors the cartoonist (b. November 3, 1928-d. February 9, 1989) referred to by many as the Manga no Kamisama (God of Manga) (source: Amano, Manga Design, p. 346). He created over 500 titles and drew almost 150,000 pages of comics in his lifetime, and he had his own animation studio Mushi Productions (later replaced by Tezuka Productions) (source: "The Art of Osamu Tezuka" booklet, © 1994 Tezuka Productions). It's almost hard to believe that he earned his doctorate in medicine and was licensed to be a physician.

Probably Osamu Tezuka's best known character is Astro Boy, first introduced to Americans through a televised animation broadcast in 1963 (Schodt, Dreamland Japan, p. 311). The B&W animation was Japan's first TV animation series (Schodt, p. 237).

You can comfortably browse the museum in two hours or less. If you have the time, you might want to catch a show by the Takarazuka Revue at the Grand Theater across the street from the museum. The Takarazuka Revue is a unique theatre where women perform both the male and female roles. Osamu Tezuka's mother was a big fan of the theatre, and he once worked for the theatre's in-house magazine. Osamu Tezuka's manga Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight) — considered a forerunner of modern shoujo (girls) manga — was inspired by his experiences with the Takarazuka Revue.

*Western name order. His pen name comes from a beetle called osamushi in Japanese (source: The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum brochure).
Links
Last updated: July 19, 2009

• Astro Boy (the movie). http://www.astroboy-themovie.com/
• Kansai Digital Archives: Tezuka Osamu Memorial Museum. http://www.kiis.or.jp/kansaida/takarazuka/takarazuka04-e.html
• Lorenzo Conti's fan site. http://digilander.libero.it/joe.chip/tezuka_e.htm (map and directions)
• Takarazuka City Directory 2006: Tezuka Osamu World. http://www.city.takarazuka.hyogo.jp/le_html/kouhou/sitefiles/en/03teduka.html (in English), http://www.city.takarazuka.hyogo.jp/tezuka/index.htm (in Japanese)
• Tezuka in English http://tezukainenglish.com/
• TezukaOsamu.net http://tezukaosamu.net/jp/index.html (in Japanese only; English site under construction)
• Tezuka Osamu Museum in Hong Kong. Naoko Yue's photos. http://entertainment.webshots.com/album/558429416XHEIhE?start=0
• Tezuka Osamu World official website. http://en.tezuka.co.jp/ (members only)
museum ticket
museum ticket

10th anniversary exhibit
10th museum anniv. exhibit
10th anniversary
10th anniversary for
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum (2004)

July 1 - October 26, 2004

The exhibit focused on
how Tezuka's strong childhood
curiosity contributed to the
creativity of his later work.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
The glass dome "Our Earth of
Glass" peeks out from the
top of the museum.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Phoenix monument
The Hi no Tori (Phoenix)
manga was a lifelong project.
Phoenix monument
character handprints
& footprints
character footprints
character handprints
& footprints
1st floor
Astro Boy
Astro Boy welcomes
visitors at the entrance.
floor tile mosaic
floor tile mosaic of
Osamu Tezuka
Phoenix messenger capsule
Phoenix messenger
capsule
entrance
looking toward
the entrance
ceiling skylight
ceiling skylight
time capsules time capsules
permanent exhibit
time capsules
time capsules
permanent exhibit
time capsules
Atom Vision Theater
(ceiling) Atom Vision Theater
shows short cartoons.
Atom Vision Theater
Kimba the White Lion
outside Atom Vision Theater
2nd floor (where the store and special exhibits are)
stairway
stairway to 2nd floor
stairway rail design
stairway rail design
manga collection
manga display (500 vols.)
Osamu Tezuka Library
Osamu Tezuka Library
Osamu Tezuka store
museum store &
info/animation monitors
60th anniversary of comic debut exhibit (featuring 300 original cover drawings), March 2-July 11, 2006
Osamu Tezuka debuted in 1946 with a 4-panel comic "Ma-chan's Diary" for a newspaper while in medical school.
60th anniversary scroll
60th anniversary exhibit
ad for 2006 exhibit
handbill
globe globe
scrolls
timeline
timeline from 1946
exhibit exhibit exhibit Black Jack
exhibit Phoenix
Tezuka worked on the
Hi no Tori (Phoenix) manga
from 1954 till his death in 1989,
more than 3,000 pages (Schodt,
Dreamland Japan, p. 262).
characters
Can you find Osamu Tezuka
in this poster?
Basement

animation workshop     animation drawing desks
animation workshop and drawing desks
Tezuka Productions booth at Tokyo International Anime Fair 2006 (March 23-26, 2006)
Astro Boy
Astro Boy & Osamu Tezuka
Astro Boy
Astro Boy & Osamu Tezuka
Black Jack
Black Jack
Hyakkimaru and Dororo
Hyakkimaru & Dororo
Ribbon Knight production
Ribon no Kishi (Princess
Knight) production flyer,
Aug. 1-27, 2006