Shibamata / Kita-Senju / Kameari,Tokyo
This is a bronze statue of Tsubasa Ozora doing a heel flick up, a skillful maneuver for a soccer player still in elementary school.
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.