Happy birthday 水木しげるさん!

8 Mar

Today is the 88th birthday of 水木しげる (Shigeru Mizuki).

Mr. Shigeru Mizuki
(born 1922 March 8)

He is an anime artist that I like.

His most famous work is the 「ゲゲゲの鬼太郎」 (“Ge-ge-ge-no-Kitarou“) anime series.

This series is about a group of 妖怪 (ghouls) led by Kitaro who protect humans from other, less-kind ghouls who want to hurt them.

It’s a fun series.

And Mr. Shigeru Mizuki, the artist, is a person with an interesting life story.

When he was a child he enjoyed drawing and listening to an old neighbor lady’s ghost stories.

And when he was a young man, both he and his brother were drafted by the Japanese Army to fight in World War 2.
The army sent him to help defend their base in New Guinea.

While he was there, he lost his left arm (the arm he used to draw his art with) in the Allied bombings.
Unbelievably, he taught himself to draw using his other hand.

While he was in the base hospital recovering from his injuries, he met and became close to some of the local tribes-people.
The chief of the tribe offered him some land and a position in their tribe if he married the chief’s daughter.
He decided that the offer sounded good and told an officer in the army that he wanted to stay on the island after being discharged.
The army officer told he that he could stay there…but he should first return to Japan to say goodbye to his parents. He decided to follow that advice.

But upon returning to Japan, he decided that he couldn’t go back to New Guinea because his parents were ill and had no one else to care for them since Mr. Mizuki’s brother was convicted of war crimes by the Allies and executed.
So he stayed in Japan and cared for his parents…and he became a popular anime artist.

I wrote another post about 水木しげる (Shigeru Mizuki) and the 「ゲゲゲの鬼太郎」 (“Ge-ge-ge-no-Kitarou“) animeclick here.

10 Responses to “Happy birthday 水木しげるさん!”

  1. Anonymous May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Is Shigeru Mizuki still alive? I read that his original name is Shigeru Mura. What puzzles me is that his wife’s name is Nunoe Mura. Is there some kind of relation between their names? Hope you can enlighten me on this as soon as possible.


    • tokyo5 May 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      Yes, he is still alive.

      And you’re correct … his family-name by birth is Mura.

      Mura isn’t his wife’s maiden name … she became a “Mura” after marriage. She doesn’t use her husband’s pen-name.


  2. tokyo5 March 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    >if you write about lots of interesting (and helpful *hint) Japanese stuff, I will!

    Do you mean “helpful” for studying Japanese?

    Well, if you choose “Japanese language” from the “Categories” drop-down menu on the right, you’ll see all the posts I’ve written on that subject.

    Here’s the link to them:


  3. Squire Starsquid March 10, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    >How long have you been studying Japanese? Do you go to classes? Self-study?

    About 2.5 year now (gosh has it already been than long?). One year in uni and self studying ever since. 🙂
    >Thanks. Please visit and comment often.
    Well if you write about lots of interesting (and helpful *hint) Japanese stuff, I will! 😀


  4. Ume March 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I LOVE ゲゲゲの鬼太郎!

    I used to play the game on ファミコン Nintendo when I was 10, but these 妖怪 (ghouls) scared me so I stopped to play :p


    • tokyo5 March 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

      >I LOVE ゲゲゲの鬼太郎!

      Yeah, it’s great. Have you seen the movies starring ウエンツくん?


  5. Squire Starsquid March 9, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Happy birthday! Love his work!!


    • tokyo5 March 9, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      >Love his work!!

      Me, too.

      I looked at your site. You can speak many languages…including Japanese. Can’t you?


      • Squire Starsquid March 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

        Thanks for dropping by, well 2 were given at birth, and English…everybody knows English, so ‘technically’ I had to learn an extra 2 haha. And Im working on my Japanese, still 下手 though 😛
        Anyways, love your blog!


      • tokyo5 March 10, 2010 at 12:37 am #

        >still 下手 though

        I guess you’re actually 上手. 🙂

        How long have you been studying Japanese?
        Do you go to classes? Self-study?

        >Anyways, love your blog!

        Thanks. Please visit and comment often.


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