Ishinomori Manga Museum
Meet the 60s, 70s and 80s Japanese superheroes!
At the mouth of the Kitakami River on “Manga Island,” the spaceship-like structure of Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum (also known as Ishinomori Manga Museum), stands as a tribute for beloved manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. The name might not ring a bell, but he is the brilliant mind behind one of Japan’s popular superhero series.
The museum, located in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Prefecture, isn’t just an important part of the manga/anime industry. While it’s been around since 2001, the museum’s coastal locale was damaged by the tsunami caused by the Great Earthquake of 2011. However, its structure endured as a symbol of hope and survival. Reopening in 2012, it is stronger than ever today.
The museum is not only for manga but a medium to promote Japanese culture.
Before going inside, shaking hands with Ishinomori’s bronze hand is a must! Many believe it’s lucky because after the tsunami the area was badly damaged the museum and washed away most of its stuff, the bronze hand endured its rage.
Details about the life of Shotaro Ishinomori, as well as tributes to his many works, are documented on the walls of the iconic building. You can see features from popular title such as Hotel Palton, Kakaider’s Corner, Seajetter Kaito and the world of Kamen Rider, and, of course, the ultra popular and long-running Cyborg 009. In 1963, Ishinomori created Cyborg 009, which became the first superhero team in Japan.
While strolling around the three-story museum, visitors can also watch a 15-minute movie about Seajetter Kaito or some of Mangattan’s animation at the theater, as well as check out some of Ishinomori’s original drawings.
After, head up to the 3rd floor and relax at the café, get thrilled with its 6,000 manga collection and read, or draw your own characters at the museum’s multimedia studio!