【Fukuoka】is the birthplace of Leiji Matsumoto, author of Galaxy Express 999!


Leiji Matsumoto is a manga artist who has created numerous hits such as “Galaxy Express 999” and “Space Pirate Captain Harlock. He is popular both in Japan and abroad as a legendary manga artist who continues to give dreams and romance to many readers. Although he currently resides in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, he was born in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Oniya, one of the three major fire festivals in Japan

Kurume City in Fukuoka Prefecture is famous for the Oniyo (devil’s night) of Daizenji Tamataregu. The festival is held from New Year’s Eve to January 7, and is one of the three major fire festivals in Japan, and is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Japan. The festival is worth seeing because of its dynamic aspect with the blazing flames and the heat of the venue.

So many famous people from Fukuoka Prefecture!

In addition to Mr. Matsumoto, many other famous people are from Fukuoka Prefecture. Actress and model Mizuki Yamamoto is also from Fukuoka Prefecture. Mizuki Yamamoto has cosplayed as Maetel, a character from “Galaxy Express 999,” in a TV drama. It is a coincidence, but it is interesting that they have something in common.

To see Mizuki Yamamoto’s Maetel cosplay, click here.↓