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A message from the Tezuka Osamu World | The Takarazuka Review, a world of pomp and splendor that holds the key to dreams
Osamu Tezuka lived in Takarazuka for 20 years until he graduated from the university, and he cultivated the early idea of being a cartoonist. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum was opened in April 1994, based on the theme of "Loving Nature and Valuing Life." The exterior, which is reminiscent of a “European castle”, and the beautiful "Hinotori (Phoenix)" monument, which is a symbol of the restoration following the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, have become city landmarks.
When he was four, Osamu Tezuka moved to Takarazuka with his family and spent his tender childhood years and youth in this city, until he was 23. The importance of nature and the value of life he depicted in his works are projections of his memories he witnessed in his childhood, when he chased after his favorite insects in the rich natural surroundings of Takarazuka. Also, the modern environment of the Takarazuka Revue, where his mother took him, and the Takarazuka Hotel, where he enjoyed Christmas parties with his family, aroused his yearning for different cultures, and it was the source of the images of East and West and traditional and modern times that were mixed into many of his works.
Takarazuka was the source of his praise for life, which, to him, was born and died between the civilization and natural settings, and in the friction and fusion of different cultures he continually depicted. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum contains valuable resources and original drawings that trace the world he depicted in his work and the mark he made in the world. We hope that this museum will function not only as a means of handing down his achievements to the next generation, but as a place for transmitting information that will give voice to new expressions.