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TOMM the 32th Exhibition: The 32nd project exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum


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Time: July 1, 2004 – Oct. 26, 2004
Place: The Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

“What children need now, I believe, is to have an adventure. And rubberneck spirits, I believe, are what drive children to adventure.” This is a passage from Tezuka Osamu’s book “Save the Glass Earth.”

Years and years ago, there was a boy who seemed like the personification of “a rubberneck spirit,” i.e. “curiosity.” His name was Tezuka Osamu and he later became a cartoonist. For 20 years, from when he was 5-years old until he went to Tokyo after becoming a cartoonist, Tezuka lived in Takarazuka, Hyogo. Takarazuka at that time had a mysterious atmosphere with a rich natural environment co-existing with the modern culture of the Takarazuka Revue Company, dance halls and the like. Takarazuka really was a perfect place to stimulate the curiosity of a boy like Tezuka Osamu. Tezuka’s fantasies and new discoveries of those days can be found in his studies and essays.

Even after becoming a cartoonist, Tezuka Osamu kept the curiosity of his childhood. He really pursued what interested him and made new discoveries. Getting a doctorate in medicine after his debut as a cartoonist is an example of this. In his lifetime, Tezuka drew nearly 150,000 pages of comics, in other words, he would have drawn about 300 pages every month if he drew evenly without a break for about 43 years from his debut at the age of 18 until he passed away. Tezuka’s creativity is nothing short of extraordinary. The origin of such creativity was strongly connected to the curiosity he had always had since childhood.

We trust visitors to the exhibition will reaffirm the importance of working on something with curiosity. In addition to the exhibition, there are going to be various events targeted at parents and children during the summer vacation period. We hope to make this an exhibition the whole family can enjoy.

#The composition of the exhibition
At Tezuka Osamu’s home, there were many comic books and cartoon films collected by his father. It can easily be assumed that these naturally stimulated the young Tezuka Osamu’s curiosity. Tezuka’s curiosity was also stimulated by the world outside the house and he often went out to play with his friends. He felt the diversity and mysteries of life through his experience of collecting butterflies, ground beetles, and other insects from the natural world of Takarazuka. In addition, he fantasized about foreign cultures such as Paris and Arabia when he watched the Takarazuka Revue Company’s performances with his mother. In Umeda, the large, modern buildings gave him a vision of the future, as if he had traveled in time.

This three-part project exhibition looks into the process by which Tezuka’s thoughts, discoveries, and fantasies generated from his childhood curiosity developed in his work after his studies.