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'Captain Tsubasa' Around Tokyo: Top 8 Most Visited Statues by Foreign Fans! (2019)

'Captain Tsubasa' Around Tokyo: Top 8 Most Visited Statues by Foreign Fans! (2019)

Date published: 7 August 2019

The quiet suburb of Yotsugi in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward is seen as a mecca among 'Captain Tsubasa' fans, as the manga's artist Yoichi Takahashi hails from the area. Head to this neighborhood and you'll find a series of statues made to commemorate the series!

But which statues are most popular with foreign fans? Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.For instance, Captain Tsubasa Ozozora Tsubasa Statue, Captain Tsubasa Roberto Hongo and Oozora Tsubasa Statue, Captain Tsubasa Oozora Tsubasa Statue and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward!

No.1:Captain Tsubasa Ozozora Tsubasa Statue

No.1:Captain Tsubasa Ozozora Tsubasa Statue

This is a bronze statue that was planned and built as a new sightseeing spot because Yoichi Takahashi, the author of the Japanese soccer comic series, ”Captain Tsubasa (Flash Kicker),” is from Yotsugi in the Katsushika Ward, and he is a graduate of Minami Katsushika High School in the town of Tateishi. ”Captain Tsubasa,” in which a soccer player, Tsubasa Ozora, plays the main role with his belief, “A ball is a friend,” is a popular work that caused a soccer boom throughout Japan. The comic illustrates white-knuckle games with rival teams; Tsubasa's friendships with teammates Taro Misaki and Ryo Ishizaki; the interactions with Roberto Hongo, who was a former representative soccer player of Brazil; and more. It is known that the fans of the comic are not limited to Japanese people, but also are among famous soccer players of the world. To access the Yotsugi-tsubasa Park, where the statue is placed, it is about a 5-minute walk from the Yotsugi Station on the Keisei Line.

No.2:Captain Tsubasa Roberto Hongo and Oozora Tsubasa Statue

No.2:Captain Tsubasa Roberto Hongo and Oozora Tsubasa Statue

A statue of characters from the popular soccer comic series, Captain Tsubasa (Flash Kicker). Yoichi Takahashi, author of the series, is from Yotsugi, Katsushika and a graduate of Minami Katsushika High School. This is one of eight bronze statues planned for a new sightseeing spot. In the story, Hongo Robert is main character Tsubasa Ozora's former teacher. He is Japanese-Brazilian and former player number 10 on the Brazilian team. He has retired due to a detached retina; suffering from this, he tried to commit suicide but was saved by Ozora’s father. This motivated him to teach soccer to Tsubasa Ozora. The statue is located on Medakanoko-michi trail, about a seven-minute walk from Yotsugi Station on the Keisei Line.

No.3:Captain Tsubasa Oozora Tsubasa Statue

No.3:Captain Tsubasa Oozora Tsubasa Statue

This is a bronze statue of Tsubasa Ozora, who is the leading character in ”Captain Tsubasa (Flash Kicker),” a popular soccer comic series, which was originally serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump comic magazine from 1981. The statue was planned and built as a new sightseeing spot because Yoichi Takahashi, the author of ”Captain Tsubasa,” is from Yotsugi in the Katsushika Ward, and he is a graduate of Minami Katsushika High School in the town of Tateishi. The story starts when Tsubasa Ozora transfers to Nankatsu Elementary School. When Tsubasa played the game with Shutetsu Elementary School right after he joined the Nankatsu team, Tsubasa met new friends, such as Genzo Wakabayashi and Taro Misaki, and moved on to the Japan U-12 Football Championship, which is held to decide the best elementary school soccer team. The Nankatsu Soccer Club (SC) team, which consists of selected members from Nankatsu City, plays strong opponents from all over Japan and has deep mutual friendships with the other teams. At the end, Tsubasa's team plays the Meiwa Football Club (FC) team, which is led by his rival, Kojiro Hyuga, and after their fierce exchanges on the field, Tsubasa's team wins. In the game with Meiwa, there is a scene where Tsubasa passes Kojiro Hyuga with his heel flicked up, as shown in the bronze statue. The Tateishi Ichome Children’s Amusement Park, where the statue is located, is about a three-minute walk from the Keisei Tateishi Station on the Keisei Oshiage Line.

No.4:Captain Tsubasa Misaki Taro Statue

No.4:Captain Tsubasa Misaki Taro Statue

Yoichi Takahashi, author of the popular comic Captain Tsubasa (Flash Kicker) is from Yotsugi, Katsushika and a graduate of Minami Katsushika High School in Tateishi. This is one of eight bronze statues built there from 2013–2014. Taro Misaki is a boy who plays soccer throughout Japan as he repeatedly transfers schools due to his father being a painter. He first appears in the game between Nankatsu and Shutetsu elementary schools in place of Ishizaki, who was injured. In that game, he plays with the main character, Tsubasa Ozora, for the first time. Starting then he and Ozora are the dynamic duo of Nankatsu SC, leading the team to win the Japan U-12 Football Championship. In the final, Misaki injures his leg but shows fighting spirit until the end. His position is MF, and he has exceptional dribbling and passing skills. His special shooting technique is the Twin Shoot with Tsubasa Ozora. The statue is situated in Shibue Park, about an eight-minute walk from Tateishi Station on the Keisei Line.

No.5:Captain Tsubasa Nakazawa Sanae Statue

No.5:Captain Tsubasa Nakazawa Sanae Statue

This is a bronze statue of Sanae Nakazawa, a major character from ”Captain Tsubasa,” a soccer comic series that is very popular in Japan. ”Captain Tsubasa” brought a soccer boom throughout Japan. It is a widely known fact that its fan base is not limited to Japanese readers; many world famous soccer players enjoy the series. Sanae Nakazawa, one of the major characters of the series, is a girl who has been cheering for the main character, Tsubasa Ozora, and his teammates since her elementary school days. She is strong-minded to the extent that people calls her anego (an informal term used to address a woman in a higher position, or ”sis”), and she has been encouraging players and audiences as a leader of the cheer group or manager of the soccer club. The statue shows Sanae Nakazawa vigorously waving a cheer flag that says, “Go Tsubasa!” on it. To access the Katsushika Post Office, where the statue is, it is about a 15-minute walk from the Yotsugi Station on the Keisei Oshiage Line.

No.6:Capatain Tsubasa Ishizaki Ryou Statue

No.6:Capatain Tsubasa Ishizaki Ryou Statue

This is a bronze statue of a major character from a popular soccer comic series, ”Captain Tsubasa,” which was published in the Weekly Shonen Jump comic magazine. Ryo Ishizaki used to be the captain of the Nankatsu Elementary School soccer team before Tsubasa Ozora transferred to his school, and Ryo had experienced a complete defeat in the game with the Shutetsu Elementary School team led by a prodigious soccer player, Genzo Wakabayashi, in the previous year by the score 0 to 30. With the addition of Tsubasa Ozora in his team and the coaching by Roberto Hongo, a new soccer coach at the Nankatsu Elementary, Ishizaki gets better and barely makes it in the selected members representing Nakatsu City. He participates with Tsubasa Ozora in the Japan U-12 Football Championship and contributes to Nakatsu SC's winning at the championship through his gutful plays such as blocking the opponent’s shot with his face. To go to the Pocket Park in front of the Yotsugi Station, where the statue is, it is about a 2-minute walk from the Yotsugi Station on the Keisei Oshiage Line.

No.7:Captain Tsubasa Wakabayashi Statue

No.7:Captain Tsubasa Wakabayashi Statue

This is a bronze statue of Genzo Wakabayashi, goalkeeper from the hit soccer manga ”Captain Tsubasa.” The manga created a soccer boom throughout Japan and also has a large international fanbase. Genzo Wakabayashi, a character in the series, is the goalkeeper that sweetened the victory by not relinquishing any goals during the Japan U-12 Football Championship. With a legendary reputation of being able to stop any shot from outside the penalty area, he is the good rival and sworn friend of the main character, Tsubasa Oozora. The bronze statue depicts his impressive pose as he fiercely protects the goal. Located in Tateishi Michi Hiroba, a five-minute walk from Keisei-Tateishi Station on the Keisei Oshiage Line.

No.8:Captain Tsubasa Hyuga Kojiro

No.8:Captain Tsubasa Hyuga Kojiro

This is a bronze statue of a character from a popular soccer comic series, ”Captain Tsubasa,” which was published in the Weekly Shonen Jump comic magazine. It is one of the eight bronze statues built from 2013 to 2014. ”Captain Tsubasa” is a comic series that created a soccer boom throughout Japan, and it is known that its fans are not limited to Japanese people but also many famous soccer players in the world. One of the characters, Kojiro Hyuga, is Tsubasa Ozora’s eternal rival. He is an aloof, indifferent genius soccer player with a hungry spirit that comes from his upbringing; he lost his father early on, and he is aiming to become a professional soccer player while working part-time to earn a living for his mother and brothers. To access the Yotsugi Park, where the statue is placed, it is about a 5-minute walk from the Yotsugi Station on the Keisei Line.

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