Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mitsuteru Yokoyama 横山 光輝

The local shōtengai has hosted a number of festivals lately, one featured Okinawa foods and culture and another (pictured) featured lion dancing, floats, and folks dressed as characters from "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (Sangokushi). Mitsuteru Yokoyama was a famous Japanese manga artist (1934-2004) originally born in Suma, but his works are being honored in nearby Shin-Nagata, including this annual festival. Perhaps better known for his manga Tetsujin 28-go, Giant Robo, and Sally the Witch, Mitsuteru Yokoyama also penned this retelling of the Chinese classic story Sangokushi. The characters from this story are featured throughout the shōtengai year-round, and the permanent Tetsujin 28-go monument is also located here.

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