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Published on 06.03.2016
The excitement surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup sent huge shockwaves around the world, especially in Japan where everyone fiercely supported their team, "Samurai Blue," which represented all of Japan. Although Samurai Blue did not win the World Cup, the excitement from watching the games fired up all of Japan. In celebration of the FIFA World Cup, the Ueno Royal Museum opened an exhibit dedicated to Captain Tsubasa, a popular manga turned anime that generated a "soccer boom in Japan." The exhibit was held from June 14th to July 16th 2014.
Captain Tsubasa is a "soccer manga" about Tsubasa Ozora, a young boy who has been playing soccer since his days in elementary school. The series was created by a man named Yoichi Takahashi in 1981, making it one of the longest running mangas in Japanese history. The story portays his growth as not only a soccer player, but also a human being as it follows Tsubasa Ozora throughout his entire life, from elementary school, until he becomes a professional soccer player, representing Japan in the olympics. Captain Tsubasa is a feel-good series that is said to have influenced many Japanese professional soccer players active today.
Tsubasa and his friend Taro Misaki appeared in the video preluding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics during the closing ceremonly of the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the video, Tsubasa and Misaki, also known as the "Golden Duo," can be seen performing their special "twin shot" in one scene, and Tsubasa can be seen again afterward performing his signature "overhead kick" in another scene. It makes you wonder how Japan will further utilize this rich genre of sport-themed manga and anime in the upcoming, highly anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Source: Japan Travel