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MIYAWAKI Osamu

Director, KAIYODO Figure Museum-KUROKABE

MIYAWAKI has raised miniatures and models, which Japan has excelled in making, into an art. It was done not only through his high technology, but by adding the creative liberty of an original molder and even giving the products his own name. He has also established a new field of molding expression by making 3D figures of characters of cartoons and animation and has nurtured them into one of the representative arts of Japan. Although these figures are usually very cheap products called "Shokugan" ― originally a free gift coming with food or candies, sold at convenience stores, they keep the tradition of Japanese artistic handcrafts with bold figures and high quality. Together with his son, Shuichi, he has enchanted the world simply by the appeal of his products. MIYAWAKI Osamu, and his contribution to the development of a new field of Japanese media arts is significant.

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MIYAWAKI Osamu

Japan

Born in Kochi, 1928. Joined Southern Manchuria Railroad at the age of 15, and faced the end of WW II in China. After returning to Japan, he experienced more than 30 jobs, from a crew member of a tuna boat to a single-rod bonito fisherman in Tosa, to working for an ad agency. In 1964, triggered by the his son's admission to elementary school, he started the small model shop KAIYODO in Moriguchi city, Osaka. KAIYODO, armed with his original ideas and energy, stirred up the model boom of sailing ships or combat vehicles, and received nationwide publicity. In 2005, he assumed the position of Representative at RYUYUKAN Co., Ltd, and also opened the KAIYODO Figure Museum-KUROKABE in Nagahama city, Shiga. His wrote the book KAIYODO MONOGATARI (KODANSHA).

( 2005 )

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