Google Cultural Institute Unveils Osamu Tezuka Collection Online

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Astro Boy/Mighty Atom's 11th birthday celebrated with collection of 170 items

Google's Cultural Institute commemorated the birthday of Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) on Monday by unveiling an online collection dedicated to manga and anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka. The collection features about 170 items, including images, photographs, and videos from Tezuka's works and life.

This is Google Cultural Institute's first collection dedicated to manga or animation. It is available in both Japanese and English.

The collection is split into three exhibits: "Tezuka Osamu: the Dawn of TV Animation," "Tezuka Osamu: Revival of the God of Manga," and "Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum." "Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum" features 360-degree panorama photographs and a "Museum View" introduction to the physical museum in Takarazuka City.

Tezuka listed April 7, 2003 as the birthdate of the robot Astro Boy. Google Japan previously celebrated his fifth birthday by inserting his face in its logo.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun

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