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The city of fish and Kitaro Sakaiminato Guide for Sightseeing

Mizuki Shigeru Road・Mizuki Shigeru Museum

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Mr.Shigeru Mizuki points at a picture he drew.

Mizuki Shigeru

Having been interested in Yokai since his boyhood in Sakaiminato, he produced many pieces of work based on the motif of Yokais, including the famous “Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro.” “Nonnon baa to Ore” was awarded for the Best Comic Award in the Angoulême International Comic Festival (France) in 2007. He himself was honored as a Person of Cultura1 Merits of Japan in 2010.

 

About Yokai(Demon)

It has long been said in Japan that when one encounters a strange or peculiar phenomenon that yokai must be behind it. It is said that yokai not only punishes people for their laziness and selfishness but also teaches them to take good care of things and to respect nature and the environment. Many Japanese have long been familiar with yokai.

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Famous Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro.

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Rat Man

The Mizuki Shigeru Road

153 fine bronze statues of various yokai line the stretch of Mizuki Road. Anyone can see and touch the bronze statues, which stand on a black granite base. Each statue is highly appraised as a work of fine art. These yokai sculptures attract a large number of visitors to Sakaiminato each year and keeps the city active.

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Attractive goods selling exclusively at the store.

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Introducing a world of Yokai through various ways.

Mizuki Shigeru Museum

At Mizuki Shigeru Museum, visitors can see the world of the creator’s unique and diverse art works as well as the world of Yokais, which represent Mizuki’s philosophy and spirit, through the exhibitions and motion pictures. Renovated in 2012, the museum was upgraded with many new exhibitions, such as Japanese house diorama where Yokais are hiding inside, and a room replicating the Mizukis’ cozy life.

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An atmosphere of the life in old days is reproduced at the basement.

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Mr.Mizuki's collections which he brought back from his trips to many countries over the world.

 

Calling for Information
Commerce and Tourism Section, Industry Dept., Sakaiminato City
tsusyokanko@city.sakaiminato.lg.jp