6 Jul

Have you ever heard of 畑正憲 (Masanori Hata)…more commonly called 「ムツゴロウ」 (“Mutsugorou“)?


He’s a 74 year old Japanese man who graduated from the prestigious 東京大学 (University Of Tokyo).

When he was twenty-five, he got a job making documentaries, but quit eight years later to become a professional author after he got his first book published.

Almost every book he’s had published and movie that he produced has been about animals.

「ムツゴロウさん」 (“Mutsugorou-san“) is famous in Japan for his love of animals.
He loves any and all animals! Bugs, reptiles, housepets, wild beasts…all animals.

He often appears as a guest on Japanese TV variety shows because of his unusual habit of “playing” with animals…even wild animals. Many times he meets an animal that’s not in a “playful mood” and he’s been bitten and scratched many times…a few times he’s been nearly killed!

But that doesn’t hinder his love for the animals…nor does it cause him to hesitate to continue to “play” with animals. When he gets bit or injured, he just says that the animal is only acting natural…he doesn’t seemed fazed in the least.

He’s quite a character!

Here’s a video of a program I saw on TV that featured the “Top Five Mutsugorou Moments” as chosen by Japanese pop singer 中島美嘉 (Mika Nakashima).

8 Responses to “Mutsugorou”

  1. Amber December 3, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    You know its a shame that his movie Milo and Otis gets such a bad wrap. I really wounder how people could think that someone like this would kill animals just to make a movie.


    • tokyo5 December 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

      Oh you’re referring to the his movie 「子猫の物語」 which would translate literally to “A Kitten’s Story”…but the English title is “Milo And Otis”.

      Some people tried to charge Mutsogorou-san with animal cruelty in the filming of that movie, but the Japanese Animal Humane Society said the charges were unfounded.


  2. Lisa July 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    I think it’s more ‘animals love him’ ha ha

    I love animals too. I only have a cat (well a huuuuge one), I wish I had a house full of so many!!!


    • tokyo5 July 24, 2009 at 2:23 am #

      >I think it’s more ‘animals love him’

      HAHAHA! Yeah, maybe that’s more accurate!


  3. umepontarou July 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Mutsugorou san!!
    You know, I love animal since I was a kid, and I really wanted to work at Mutsugorou Ohkoku (ムツゴロウ王国) in Hokkaido !!! I think Mutsugorou Ohkoku closed ? I don’t remember..
    Anyway, he is still healthy? Glad to know 🙂


    • tokyo5 July 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

      No. 「ムツゴロウ動物王国」 (“Mutsugorou’s Animal Kingdom“) is still open.

      In fact, they showed it on TV here recently.


  4. cuteandcurls July 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Mutsugorou reminds me of Jack Hanna and also the late Steve Irwin. Both love animals ..any animals.


    • tokyo5 July 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

      Yes, that’s right! He’s like the Japanese version of them.


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