Tuesday, July 23, 2013

(354) King of the Manga

You’re never too old (or too male) to have figurines in Japan. Particularly if they are figurines of the star of the most long-lived manga, “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo” (こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所) or more simply –because this is too long even for the Japanese, “Kochikame” (こち亀). Ryo-san, a beat cop in Tokyo born and raised in the shitamachi has been entertaining with his adventures (which rarely have to do with actual crime-fighting) the Japanese on a weekly basis for 36 years non-stop.

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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