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1980s
Japan Overseas
1980

[52 years]

January 28
Appears in TV Asahi's program "The Morning Terrace" as a guest. Tezuka Osamu continues to appear on the program through February 1.

March 3
The serial radio novel "The Phoenix: Chapter of Turbulent Times" is aired by NHK Radio 1. The program runs through March 21.

March 15
The long theater animated cartoon "The Phoenix: Love's Cosmo zone 2772" is released at the Toho cinemas nationwide. Tezuka Osamu writes the draft scenario for and storyboards the production, and also directs the entire project. On the same day, NTV airs a program entitled "All about the Phoenix 2772."

March 24
NHK's program "NHK Wide Special: Stones of the Sun" is broadcast by NHK Radio 1. Tezuka writes the basic framework of each scene for the program

April 20
TBS broadcasts a program called "All about Disneyland, Part 1: Tezuka Osamu's Adventures in Disney World."
The Second Tezuka Osamu Fan Club Meeting is held, during which Tezuka Osamu's 8-mm films from his boyhood are screened.

May
Moves to Higashikurume City, Tokyo.

May 20
Appears in the NHK General TV program "Women's Pocket Notebook: Conveying One's Ideas through Manga."

July
Handles art direction for the Kigure Circus's performance.

August 31
The special TV animated cartoon "Fumoon", produced by Tezuka Productions, is broadcasted by NTV. Its original title was "Next World."

September 6
The Astro Boy Festival: "Astro Boy Will Return !" is held.

October 1
NTV begins broadcast of "Astro Boy," produced by Tezuka Productions. Tezuka Osamu storyboards the first episode "Birth of Astro Boy", directed jointly by Tezuka Osamu and Anou Takashi.

October 8
"Astro Boy Episode 2: Astro Boy vs. Atlas", for which Tezuka Osamu wrote the script, is broadcasted.

November 26
"Astro Boy Episode 9: Astro Boy vs. Atlas Part 3 - Crystals in the Desert", which Tezuka Osamu scripted, is broadcasted.

March 16-April 3
Osamu goes to the United Nations
Travels to the United States as Manga ambassador of the Japan Foundation. Gives lectures on the Manga culture of contemporary Japan at the United Nations and universities across the country.

July 30
Participates in the 11th Comic Convention, held in San Diego, California through August 7. Tezuka wins the San Diego Comic Convention Inkpot Award for "The Phoenix 2772."

August 22-29
Travels to Canada to attend the Toronto International Animation Festival, and visits the Ulvana studios.

November 10
Travels to China together with members of the Japan Animation Association to promote friendship with Chinese animation artists. During the trip, Tezuka Osamu visits the Great Wall, film productions in Shanghai, etc.

November 14
Wins the award the First Las Vegas Film Festival in the category of animated film for "The Phoenix 2772."

December 17
China Central Television begins broadcast of "Astro Boy" in China.

1981

[53 years]

January 8
"Black Jack" is adapted for a drama starring Kayama Yuzo and is first broadcasted by TV Asahi. The program is aired through April 9.

January 23
Attends the "First Manga Convention Japan," held through January 27.

March 14
The animated film "Unico", produced by Sanrio Film Production, is released.

April 1
"Astro Boy Episode 26: Astro Boy vs. Atlas Part 5 - Reckless Motorcyclists Gadem", storyboarded by Tezuka Osamu, is broadcasted.

April 8
"Astro Boy Episode 27: Major Operations by Black Jack", for which Tezuka Osamu scripted, is broadcasted.

April 25
Tezuka Osamu receives the Animage magazine-sponsored Third Animation Grand Prix Special Award for his long-term contribution to the development of the culture of animation.

July 3
Tezuka Osamu's "The World of Animated Cartoons" takes place through July 8.

July 24
Attends the first "Manga Exposition," which is held through August 5.

August 2
The Tezuka Osamu Fan Club Meeting takes place at the Kudan Kaikan hall, during which a pilot film for "Don Dracula" is screened.

August 6
Attends the "Asakusa Manga Convention '81".

August 23
NTV broadcasts the special animated cartoon "Bremen 4: Angels in Hell", which is produced by Tezuka Productions under the auspices of Tezuka Osamu. Tezuka Osamu writes the draft scenario and script for the production.

December 23
"Astro Boy Episode 52 (Last Episode): Astro Boy's First Love", which Tezuka Osamu scripted and directed, is broadcasted.

December 25
Becomes a member of the general planning committee for the 1985 Tsukuba International Science and Technology Exposition.

December 25-29
Traveled to China, where he collects data on the status of school education and the actual condition of children in Shanghai. He also takes part in a campaign for "Jungle Emperor Leo", which was scheduled for broadcast starting in January 1982, and appears in a program broadcasted by China Central Television.

1982

[54 years]

January 29
Appears in TV Tokyo's program "Pops Club: Tezuka Osamu Praises Walt Disney."

April 5
TV Tokyo begins broadcast of the TV animated cartoon "Don Dracula", produced by Sankyo Planning. The program airs through April 26.

May 3
Appears in NHK Educational TV's program "Junior Encyclopedia." The program airs through May 7.

July 22
The Manga Kingdom takes place in Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Manga Shudan group.

July 24
A special class given by the Manga professor Takes part in the Manga Exposition '82, held at the Ueno Royal Museum through August 8.

July 27
Accompanies Moebius on his trip to Kyoto and Nara. The French artist came to Japan for the promotion of the animation film "Les Maitres du Temps."

July 31
Attends a symposium held at the Ikebukuro Seibu Studio 200 to commemorate Moebius's visit to Japan.

September 4
The theater company "Urinko" performs the play "Buddha" in Nagoya. Oda Kenya scripts and directs the performance.

October 12
The grand costume party held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Manga group. Tezuka Osamu disguised himself as a picture-card showman. He creates picture cards "Golden Bat" especially for this particular contest.

November 21
Appears in the NHK Educational TV program "The Sunday Museum."

December 1
he young men of the Tokiwaso Because the Tokiwaso apartment where Tezuka Osamu once lived was to be demolished, he visits the apartment to take off part of the ceiling as a keepsake.
He is appointed to the judging committee for selecting the mascot logo for the 1985 Tsukuba International Science and Technology Exposition.

January 27
Attends the 10th Comic Convention, which takes place in Angouleme, France through February 1. At the convention, Tezuka Osamu becomes acquainted with the artist Moebius.

July 10
Participates in the 13th Comic Convention, held in San Diego through July 15. During the convention, Tezuka Osamu sees the animated cartoon "Tron."

1983

[55 years]

January 4
Tezuka Osamu's mother, Fumiko, passes away at the age of 74.

January 8
The TV film "The Chronicle of Mars" is broadcasted by TBS together with Tezuka Osamu's comments.

April 29
Exhibits the three-dimensional "Alien Marspiaria" and the illustration "Genko Planet Man" at the Showmanship Exhibition, held through May 5.

May 29
A ceremony to unveil an image of Astro Boy built in Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture is held.

July 5
As the second performance of the theater company Dengeki, "Princess Knight" runs through July 17.

July 10
The 40 Years of Tezuka Osamu Exhibition is held in Nihombashi, Tokyo through July 30.

July 16
The animated film "Unico: To the Magic Island", produced by Sanrio Films, is released.

July 21
Participates in the Manga Exposition '83, held at the Ueno Royal Museum through August 9.

July 24
"Manga Kingdom" is held again and Tezuka Osamu is appointed king. The event runs through August 21.

August 15
Travels to Ishigaki Island in Okinawa with his family.

August 21
NTV broadcasts the special "A Time Slip of 10000 years: Prime Rose", produced by Tezuka Productions.

October
Tezuka Productions completes production of the animated cartoon "The Green Cat" (Lion Books) with its own resources.

October 6
NHK General TV broadcasts the program "The Tezuka Osamu Show."
Appears in TV Asahi's program "Superman Special." Becomes honorable chairman of the Superman Fan Club.

October 10
The Fourth Tezuka Osamu Fan Club Meeting is held. "The Green Cat" is screened and a picture card show produced for this particular event is presented using a slide projector.

November 16
Attends as a guest the Japan Animation Festival '83.

November 25
Receives the Fourth Japan Culture Design Award for the significant effect that his works, especially "Astro Boy", have had on Japanese peoples' view of robots.

December
Tezuka Productions completes production of the animated cartoon "Rain Boy" (Lion Books) with its own resources. Tezuka designs the mascot "Yunitan" for the 1985 Universiade student games.

June 5
"A Thousand and One Nights" and "Cleopatra" are selected for entry in the International Animation Festival, which takes place in Annesy, France through June 14.

October 29-November 3
Travels to China with a delegation from the Japan Manga Association, visiting Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai.

1984

[56 years]

March 2
Wins the 29th Shogakukan Manga Award in the category of youths and adults for "Tezuka Osamu's Ancestor, Dr. Ryoan."

March
The pilot animated cartoon "Jumping", directed by Tezuka Osamu, is completed. He also writes a draft scenario for and storyboards the production.

April 19
Appears as a special guest in the TV drama "Girl Detective Super W".

May 3
Attends the 1984 Asia Manga Hiroshima Conference. On May 4, gives a keynote lecture on the theme "The Role of Manga as a Common Language in the International Community."

July 22
"Tezuka Osamu World" is held at the Irako View Hotel in Aichi Prefecture through August 25.

August 19
NTV broadcasts the special animated cartoon "Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature", directed by Tezuka Osamu and produced by Tezuka Productions. Tezuka Osamu also writes a draft scenario for and storyboards the production.

September 15
The TV drama "Hello! Einstein," with Tezuka Osamu's commentaries, is broadcasted by NTV.

October 3
The publication of the 300-volume "The Complete Manga Works of Tezuka Osamu" is completed.

November 16
A "meeting of appreciation" is held at the Akasaka Prince Hotel to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Tezuka Osamu's career as a Manga artist.

November 22
Admitted to the Hanzomon Hospital with acute hepatitis and cholelithiasis.

April
A French version of "Black Jack" first appears in serialized form in "France" magazine published by Hakusuisha Publishing.

June 15
Receives the Grand Prix and UNESCO Prize at the Sixth Zagreb International Animation Festival for "Jumping."

September 12-14
Travels to Shanghai on the Peace Boat.

September 28-October 12
Travels to Brazil to give lectures in Sao Paulo, Manaus, and Rio de Janeiro at the request of the Japan Foundation.

1985

[57 years]

January 18
Twenty-five animated cartoons selected by Tezuka Osamu himself are shown at the Image Culture Center over the period through January 30.

March 13
The opera "The Phoenix: Chapter of Yamato" composed by Aoshima Hiroshi premiers.

March 21
Yomiuri TV broadcasts the program "11 P.M.: Tezuka Osamu Naniwa Graffiti."

April
The production of the pilot animated cartoon "Broken Down Film", directed by Tezuka Osamu, is completed. He writes the draft scenario and storyboards for the production.
Tezuka Productions completes production of the animated cartoon "Lunn Flies into the Wind" (Lion Books) with its own resources.

May 31
Tezuka Osamu wins official commendation at the First Tokyo International Film Festival/The Tera Pina Animation Festival for his many years of contribution to the production of animated films.

June 14
Tezuka Osamu receives the Special Award of the Kodansha Manga Awards because the year 1985 marked the 40th anniversary of his career as a Manga artist, and the publication of "The Complete Manga Works of Tezuka Osamu" was completed.

June 16
On Father's Day, the Japan Men's Fashion Association chooses Tezuka Osamu as the "Best Father of the Year."

July 17
Visits the site of the Tsukuba Science and Technology Exposition together with Te Wei, Yan Ding Xian, and other staff from Chinese animated cartoon productions.

July 19
The "40 Years of Manga by Tezuka Osamu Exhibition" is held. Subsequently, the exhibition tours the country.

August 17
Attends the First Hiroshima International Animation Festival.

August 23
Wins the Grand Prix at the First Hiroshima International Animation Festival for "Broken Down Film."

August 25
NTV broadcasts the special animated cartoon "The Prince of the Devil Island: The Three-eyed One," produced by Toei Animation.

August 30
Attends an international symposium sponsored by the Japan Society for Future Research.
The "Chronicle of Animated Cartoons by Tezuka Osamu" takes place at the Laforet Museum Harajuku.

August 30
Attends an international symposium sponsored by the Japan Society for Future Research.
The "Chronicle of Animated Cartoons by Tezuka Osamu" takes place at the Laforet Museum Harajuku.

October 27
TBS broadcasts the TV program "40 Years of Tezuka Osamu: The Complete Works of Astro Boy."

October 29
Appears as a guest on TBS's quiz show.

December 10
A meeting commemorating for animation-related awards to Tezuka Osamu is held.

December 16
Packin Video starts sales of the original video animation "Love Position: The Legend of Halley" for which Tezuka Osamu wrote the draft scenario.

December 26
Receives the honorable Tokyo citizen medal from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

July 1-8
Travels to France to attend the Japan-France Cultural Summit '85 held in Arc-et-Senans. Tezuka Osamu's wife accompanies him overseas for the first time. At the summit, he gives a lecture on the theme "Manga as a Common Language."

October 10
Receives the best-in-the-category award at the Fourth Varna International Animation Film Festival for "Broken Down Film."

November 3
Receives the "Silver Spike Award" at the Valladolid International Animation Festival for "Jumping."

1986

[58 years]

January 10
NHK General TV broadcasts a special feature TV program entitled "Tezuka Osamu: The Secret of Creative Work."

January 17
Appears in the NHK Educational TV program focusing on "The Stories of Three Adolfs."

March 1
Attends round-table discussions on "The World of Astro Boy and Robot Technology," sponsored by the Robotics Society of Japan.

March 20
Appears on TV Asahi's talk show as a guest.

April 16
"Wonder Beat S" is first broadcasted. Tezuka Osamu supervises scenario writing and appears in the program to comment on the animated cartoon.

May 14
Tezuka Osamu's father, Yutaka, passes away at the age of 86.

June 3
Oden Shrine Appears in the video "The Paradise of Ghosts" directed by Tezuka Osamu's eldest son, Makoto.

June 20
Receives the 10th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category for "The Stories of Three Adolfs."

July 20
The World Manga Exposition is held in Osaka through August 31. Tezuka Osamu exhibits his works and travels to Osaka many times during the exposition.

August
Tezuka Productions completes the production of the animated cartoon "Yamataro Comes Back!" (Lion Books) with its own resources.

August 24
NTV broadcasts the special animated cartoon "The Border Planet: An Expedition to the Galaxy in 2100", produced by Tezuka Productions under the auspices of Tezuka Osamu. He also writes the draft scenario for the production.

October 25
Laser Disk Company launches the laser disk version of "Jumping/Tezuka Osamu."

December 13
Appears in NTV's program "Man of the Times" as a guest.

December 20
The animated film "The Phoenix: Chapter of Ho-o", produced by Kadokawa Haruki Office, is released.

February 21
Interviewed by a reporter of the British newspaper "The Guardian" for a feature article on Japan about trends in the Manga.

March 14-28
Travels to the United States to attend the "Japan Week" event held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a comprehensive introduction of Japan. Tezuka Osamu gives lectures in Washington, D.C., San Diego, Nashville, and other cities and between the lectures visits Lucas Film

May 27
Interviewed by a reporter of a West German TV station about "Buddha" and "The Stories of Three Adolfs."

June 18-21
Travels to the United States to give a lecture in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

June 22-29
Attends the seventh Zagreb International Animation Festival as an international judge.

August 27-September 4
Travels to Italy and visits Vatican City to see Michelangelo's ceiling painting in the Sistine Chapel.

September 14-17
Travels to Shanghai and Beijing, China.

1987

[59 years ]

February 17
Receives the 14th Kinema-jumpo Readers Award for his essay "Viewing, Photographing, and Screening."

March 21
The Aoi Exposition Okazaki '87, for which Tezuka Osamu served as general producer, is held through May 17. At the Okazaki Future Pavilion, the slides entitled "Okazaki City in 70 Years," for which he wrote the draft script and produced, are projected .

April 29
Another meeting of the Tezuka Osamu Fans Club is held. The animated cartoon "The Story of the Bible: Noah's Ark", presentation video "Brave Fire SO9", and slides "Okazaki City in 70 Years" are screened at the meeting.

July 24
Exhibits his works at the "Card Gallery and the Charity Exhibition of Original Illustrations by 25 Artists."

August 1
The animated cartoon video "The Phoenix: Chapter of Yamato", produced by Kadokawa Haruki Office, is put on the market.

August 2
The space fantasy film "The Phoenix" is screened at the festival for commemorating the completion of Greenpia Minamiaso's Aspecta Hall.

August 21
The Second Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival is held through August 26. Tezuka Osamu serves as chairman of the international judge for the festival. The pilot animated cartoons "Push" and "Muramasa", directed by Tezuka Osamu, are exhibited. He also writes a draft scenario and storyboards for the productions.

October 3
Members of the Society of Picture Books by Manga artist work together to produce a large panel painting for the "Saitama Fair '87 for National Urban Forestation" held at the Prefectural Omiya Park.

December 18
The pilot animated cartoon "Legend of the Forest" is completed. Tezuka Osamu writes a draft scenario for and storyboards the animated cartoon, which is directed jointly by Tezuka Osamu and Ui Takashi.

December 21
The animated cartoon video "The Phoenix: Chapter of Universe", produced by the offices of Kadokawa Haruki, is launched. Tezuka Osamu wins the Second Image Software Grand Prix (Ministry of International Trade and Industry Award) in the video category for his laser disk "Jumping/Tezuka Osamu."

March 21-29
Ludwig van Beethoven' piano
Travels to France to give a lecture in Nancy at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Later, he visits Beethoven's house in Vienna.

May 25
Attends the Annecy International Animation Festival, and later visits Spain for sightseeing.

September 15-23
Travels to Canada to give lectures in Ottawa and Montreal at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and continues on to the United States to give a lecture in Hartford as well.

1988

[60 years]

January 10
Appears in TBS's TV program "TV Detectives" as a guest.

January 29
Receiving the Asahi Prize Tezuka Osamu receives the Asahi Award for his creative contribution to postwar manga and the animation industry.
He also receives the 25th Ofuji Noburo Award at the Mainichi Film Contest for "Legend of the Forest."

February 13
Gives a lecture at the Asahi Hall Yurakucho Marion to commemorate his receiving the Asahi Award. The film "Legend of the Forest" is screened.

March 15
Admitted to the Hanzomon Hospital with pain in the abdomen.

March 17
Undergoes a first round of operations.

March 19
NHK General TV broadcasts the program "Kayama Yuzo Show" in which Tezuka Osamu appears as a guest. "Legend of the Forest" is screened

April
Looking toward the future The production section of Tezuka Productions relocates to its new studios in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture.

May 12
Discharged from the hospital.

June 24
Talks with George Lucas, who visited Japan to promote his film "Willow", for an article to be published in "Shukan Post" magazine.

June 26
Talks with Canadian animated cartoon artist Frederic Back in a special "talk-in" event held at the Seibu Seed Hall in Shibuya.

August 9
Talks with movie director Robert Zemeckis, who directed the film "Who Framed Rodger Rabbit?", for an article to be published in "Spa!" magazine.

October 1
The Astro Boy Culture Forum is held through October 2. During the forum, "Astro Boy" is screened and celebrities from various circles give speeches.

October 3
Hospitalized again

November 1
Making smiling faces The Kawasaki City Museum opens. Tezuka Osamu created the object "Laughter" for the museum, and the "Special Exhibition: The World of Tezuka Osamu" is held at the museum through April 23, 1989.

December 5
Undergoes another operation at the hospital.

June 3
Receives the CIFEJ Award at the Eighth Zagreb International Animation Festival.

September 23
A representative from the Episa TV station in Basque, Spain visits Tezuka Productions' Niiza studios for an interview.

October 19
Receives the Youth Judge Award in the short film category at the Animation Film Festival for Youths in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, for "Legend of the Forest."

November 8-18
Shanghai smiles
Goes to Shanghai for "Shanghai International Animation Festival 1", as an international judge. Also travels to Beijing, afterwards (-11.18).

1989

January 8
TBS Radio broadcasts the special program "Mom Tells Old Stories."

February 8
A performance of the musical "The Phoenix" is given at the Zenrosai Hall, Space Zero, in Shibuya, which runs through February 28.

February 9
Tezuka Osamu passes away from stomach cancer at the age of 60.