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04/10, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo
Sumidagawa and Sensō-ji, Asakusa
Welcome to NOTEBOOK, a cultural guide to art, design and architecture, along with a resource of local news and information in English giving a realistic view of Tokyo and further afield.
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Asakusa: School of hard knocks and Galaxy Express 999
Japanese boxer Takuma Inoue claimed the WBA bantamweight by defeating Venezuela’s Liborio Solis, while China and Japan will hold high-level talks in Tokyo today. Miyajima Island will be closed to tourists during the G7 summit in Hiroshima this May. And researchers from Japan’s Chiba University have observed a pair of supermassive black holes.
And with the Japanese manga artist Rumiko Takahashi, known for “Urusei Yatsura” and “Maison Ikkoku,” awarded the title of Knight in the French Order of Arts and Letters last Thursday, Notebook takes a short walk along the Sumida river near Asakusa, catching sight of the river cruisers designed by another legendary manga artist, Leiji Matsumoto, then heads towards Sensō-ji Temple before heading home.
Manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, who passed away in February, is known for Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999, as well for collaborating with French duo Daft Punk on their Discovery album, the 2000 single “One More Time” and Matsumoto’s film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003).
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