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[4 years]

Portrait of Tezuka Osamu's grandfather 2Grandfather Taro, one of the founders of Kansai University, passes away.


[5 years]

The family moves to Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture .


[7 years]

Tezuka Osamu as a young boyEnters elementary school in Osaka.


[8 years]

Nicknamed "fuzzy head" for his curly hair when in the second grade.


[9 years]

Starting in third grade, Tezuka Osamu learns composition from his teacher Inui Hideo. He has his hair closely cropped and draws his first comic "Pin Pin Sei-chan", whose central character was a boy with close-cropped hair.
Becomes fond of reading "Norakuro" and "Nakamura Manga Library" by the comic artist Tagawa Hosui.
Ask his parents to subscribe to a newspaper just so that he can read Tagawa's comic strips.


[11 years]

Starts to wear glasses in the fifth grade. A new school building is built, and Tezuka Osamu, together with his friends, play a group of conspirators in unused empty classrooms and construction workers' sheds. He draws picture cards "Martians are here" featuring Martians.
The character "Hyotantsugi" appears in his drawings "Fishing with Fuku-chan" for the first time.
Draws a long comic "A Night in China" and circulates it in the school. It proves popular with his teachers as well as the students.
Works with his friends to create a mimeographed bulletin for circulation
Reads about an insect called "Osamushi (ground beetle)" in "A Color Picture Book of 1,000 Species of Insects" that he borrows from a friend of his, and creates his pen name "Osamu" by adding a character meaning "insect" to his real name. He starts collecting insects, and draws more comics including "Pi-pi-pi-ko".
Becomes fascinated by Umino Junzo's novel "Martian Army Corps", which was published in a newspaper in serial form.