The work of designer and sculptor Tohl Narita — known for his character design for the “Ultraman” series — will be exhibited at Fukuoka Art Museum in January 2015.

Narita started his career while attending Musashino Art University when he worked part-time on Toho’s original “Godzilla” movie released in 1954. More than a decade later he was given a job designing characters, the mechanics which enabled them to move as well as monster-movie sets. He created many renowned characters, including Alien Baltan, Garamon and the popular Ultraman in his red and silver costume.

From his original sketches of kaiju (monster) to sculptures and paintings, the exhibition not only covers Narita’s creativity on the “Ultraman” series, but reveals him as an artist with a singular vision, through the nearly 700 items on display.

Jan. 6-Feb. 11. Fukuoka Art Museum; 1-6 Ohori-Koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka. Ohorikoen Stn. 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. 092-714-6051. For more information, visit www.fukuoka-art-museum.jp/narita.

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