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Bronze statues of Tsubasa whom soccer kids dream of, located in Tokyo.

2015.01.03

Popular soccer manga "Captain Tsubasa".
Bronze statue of the characters are located in Yotsugi/Tateishi area of Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, the birthplace of the author .

The "Captain Tsubasa" is the most famous soccer cartoon where individual player has own special technique to play.
Must-see is the number of special technique by players, which an author has thought of although he has no soccer experience.

There are unique soccer techniques in the cartoon, such as Tsubasa's "overhead shoot", probably the most famous move and is special shoot by main character, "twin shoot" where two players shoot simultaneously, and "face block" to defense with own face.
Many of these free-thinking special move attracted the heart of soccer boys and this cartoon triggered to boost the current high popularity Japanese soccer.
It is said that "Hidetoshi Nakata" and "Keisuke Honda" have grown up under the influence from this cartoon.
In addition, popularity did not only grew in Japan but "Messi" in Argentina, "Zidane" in France, and "Neymar" in Brazil were also influenced from this cartoon.

The main character agreed to join FC Barcelona in Spain where Messi belongs to and they held a ceremony to welcome him in real and officially admitted his joining.
At that time, the president of Real Madrid, an eternal rival, commented "Why is Tsubasa not joining Real Madrid?", which is widely known.

If you are one of influeced soccer boys, it is recommended to meet them.

Recommended route is to follow in the order below from Yotsugi to Tateishi.

Address of statues;
1. Ryo Ishizaki: 4-15-10 Higashiotsugi, Katsushika, Tokyo
2. Tsubasa Ozora (#1): 1-22-3 Yotsugi, Katsushika, Tokyo
3. Kojiro Hyuga: 1-16-24 Yotsugi, Katsushika, Tokyo
4. Roberto Hongo & Tsubasa Ozora: 2-3-3 Yotsugi, Katsushika, Tokyo
5. Sanae Nakazawa: 2-28-1 Yotsugi, Katsushika, Tokyo
6. Taro Misaki: 3-3-1 Higashitateishi, Katsushika, Tokyo
7. Genzo Wakabayashi: 4-28-14 Tateishi, Katsushika, Tokyo
8. Tsubasa Ozara (#2): 1-21-6 1-22-3 Tateishi, Katsushika, Tokyo

Along the shopping arcade of Tateishi, there are a number of Izakaya and Souzaiya (deli shops) which are loved by local people. More information can be found about this shopping arcade. Please take a look from "what's nearby?" section in the bottom of this page.

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Tateishi / Yotsugi area, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo