2015/10/11

Basilisk: The Kōga Ninja Scrolls


“Basilisk: The Kōga Ninja Scrolls” is a Japanese manga series illustrated by Masaki Segawa in 2003. It was based on the novel The Kōga Ninja Scrolls by Futaro Yamada published in 1958.

The story takes place in the early Edo period. Two ninja clans, Iga and Kōga, battle each other to determine which grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu will become the next shogun. The deadly competition between 10 elite ninja from each clan unleashes a centuries-old hatred.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Ninja
*Shiga Prefecture - Home of Kōga clan  *Mie Prefecture - Home of Iga clan
*List of Japanese subculture


The opening theme song, the Kōga Ninja Scroll (Kouga Ninpou Chou) by Onmyouza




2015/10/08

Seven Samurai


“Seven Samurai” is Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film in 1954, co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune. The story takes place in the Sengoku Period of Japan. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.

Since its release, Seven Samurai has remained highly influential, often seen as one of the most “remade, reworked, referenced” films in cinema. There are many influenced works such as an American western film “The Magnificent Seven” (1960).


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2015/10/07

Miyazaki Prefecture


Miyazaki Prefecture’s humidity is low in both summer and winter. The climate is mild due to the Black Current (Kuroshio), it’s the best place to play sports. If you want to play golf, and to go surfing, should visit Miyazaki. It is also very popular as campground of professional sports such as baseball and football.

In addition, Miyazaki is one of the major crop producing regions in Japan, being the top domestic producer of radish, cucumber and green pepper.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/10/05

Tokiwa-sō - the sacred ground of Japanese manga


In 1953, Osamu Tezuka moved into Tokiwa-sō apartment in Toshima ward, Tokyo. Because Tezuka had already succeeded as hottest manga artist, nameless young manga artists also had moved into Tokiwa-sō to follow Tezuka. Tezuka advised them to watch many movies for making works.

Although Tezuka moved out Tokiwa-sō after about one year, young manga artists improved themselves through friendly rivalry. Residents included Fujiko F. Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto), Fujiko Fujio A(Motoo Abiko), Shotaro Ishinomori, Fujio Akatsuka and so on. After that they had led Japanese manga industry. Tokiwa-sō was certainly the sacred ground of Japanese manga. But unfortunately, Tokiwa-sō was demolished because of aging in 1982.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2015/10/04

Shotaro Ishinomori


In Japan, there are many the tokusatsu superhero TV series such as Kamen Rider series and Super Sentai series. Shotaro Ishinomori (1938 – 1998) was the original author of most of the tokusatsu series.

Ishinomori was also one of manga artists in Tokiwa-so apartment. He had acquired a rapid and high-quality drawing technique since he was young and nameless. He was the first SF manga artist, Cyborg 009 was especially his representative works. Furthermore, his imagination didn’t know where to stop, his works spread over various genres such as education, history, literature, economy and business. Even Osamu Tezuka was jealous of Ishinomori’s talent.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2015/10/03

Cyborg 009

Cyborg 009 is a Japanese manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It is an initial SF battle manga that started in 1964. Even after Ishinomori’s death, it has been remade many times.

Including the main character Joe Shimamura, nine regular humans are kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments which resulted in nine cyborgs with each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture




The first anime series of Cyborg 009 in 1966.




The second anime series of Cyborg 009 in 1979.






2015/10/01

Fujiko Fujio

Doraemon is one of the most famous Japanese mangas in the world. The author of Doraemon, Fujiko Fujio was a pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. They were both from Toyama Prefecture that were friends of primary school age. They moved to Tokyo after graduating from high school, and moved into Tokiwa-so apartment where they improved themselves through friendly rivalry with nameless young manga artists. Doraemon was created in 1970 and immediately surged in popularity with children in Japan. Anime series also started in 1979, it became a mega hit.

In 1987 Fujimoto and Abiko ended their long partnership to concentrate on solo projects. They started releasing individual works under different names, Fujimoto as Fujiko F. Fujio, and Abiko as Fujiko Fujio A.

Fujiko F. Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto, 1933-1996) / There are many works for children.
Major works:
*Doraemon
*Perman
*21emon
*Esper Mami
*Kiteretsu Daihyakka

Fujiko Fujio A(Motoo Abiko, 1934-) / There are many Gekiga taste works.
Major works:
*Ninja Hattori-kun
*Kaibutsu-kun
*Pro Golfer Saru
*Matarō ga Kuru!!
*Manga Michi


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture