Mizuki Manga’s Birthplace
“Manga” are comics created and originally published in Japan.
A manga, “GeGeGe no Kitaro” which is comic series created by Shigeru Mizuki in 1960.
The main characters of “GeGeGe no Kitaro” are supernatural-monsters called “Yokai”.
The author, Shigeru Mizuki lived in this city for more than 50 years and contributed to the development of Chofu City in a variety of ways.
He passed away on November 30, 2015. He had a career that lasted over 50 years as a cartoonist, and released numerous works.
His works employed a unique sensibility and intimacy, allowing him to express a fantastic world filled with Yokai.
After becoming a resident of Chofu city in 1959, his works were loved among the local people.
For example, he provided original drawings for the cover of the library news, the Kitaro family pictures are painted on the body of the minibuses that run in the city, character monuments were built on the Tenjin-Dori shopping street, and there is a Kitaro tea parlor (Kitaro Chaya) in Jindai-ji temple.
Since his works are loved and familiar to many local people, he was awarded the title of Honored Citizen by Chofu City in March 2008.
His Yokai characters can frequently be seen in the city, even now.