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A quick grab shot of the Astro Boy statue at Kyoto train Station, while I waited for my train to Fuji Shin. Yes, it's a bit underexposed & grainy, but despite hundreds of uploads to TE on Kyoto, I haven't yet seen a single one of this, one of my favourite cartoon characters as a small child.

More info from Wikipedia here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_Boy_%281960s%29

There was a revival in 2003. Some trivia:

"In the original black-and-white series, Astro's cry was "Let's go -- go -- go!!
In in the 2003 series Astro's cry was "Let's rocket!" It is also the morphing call yelled by the Space Rangers in Power Rangers in Space.
In the opening of The Simpsons episode 'Tis The Fifteenth Season all the members of the family are dressed up as Japanese superheroes. Bart is dressed up as Astroboy, wearing red boots and slicked back black hair."

Source: Wikipedia

Dr. Osamu Tezuka (1928=1989) was the Walt Disney of Japanese 'Anime' (animation) and designed the clock you see here in Kyoto Station. Tezuka copied the large eyes from 'Betty Boop' & 'Mickey Mouse' cartoon characters.

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