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OSAKA

“Tezuka Osamu’s Student Life in Osaka University: To Be a Doctor or a Manga Artist, That Is the Question”

The Museum of Osaka University

by Tomoko Hori

Osamu Tezuka, one of Japan’s most famous manga artists, was an Osaka University medical graduate, though he never practiced medicine. He started at Osaka University in 1945 and made his manga debut the following year. In 1950, when he was still a student, he started a manga series titled “Jungle Taitei” (“Kimba the White Lion”) and in 1952, one year after his graduation, he created his most notable character, “Tetsuwan Atom” (“Astro Boy”).

Marking the 80th year of Osaka University, this exhibition presents manga works and photographs that explore Tezuka’s life as a student and a manga artist; till June 30.

The Museum of Osaka University, (06) 6850-6284, 1-20 Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka; 10-min. walk from Ishibashi Station, Hankyu Takarazuka Line. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. Closed Sun., holidays. www.museum.osaka-u.ac.jp.