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Fans and celebrities bid farewell to Japanese cartoonist Momoko Sakura
上千粉絲 向小丸子作者致敬

Passengers take pictures on a Maruko-themed train of Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. on Sept. 12.

Photo: Wang Jung-hsiang, Liberty Times

Over 1,000 fans, including many celebrities, took part in a memorial service in Tokyo, Japan last Friday for Japanese cartoonist Momoko Sakura — creator of the long-running comic and anime TV series Chibi Maruko-chan. The cartoonist died from breast cancer on Aug. 15 at the age of 53.

At the ceremony, Japan’s Southern All Stars vocalist Keisuke Kuwata sang Happiness of One Million Years, a former closing song for the hit anime TV series composed by Kuwata and with lyrics by Sakura herself, as part of a tribute to the late cartoonist, who first published the series in a comic in 1986.

The series depicts the simple, everyday life of a little girl named Maruko and her family in the 1970s in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, the cartoonist’s birthplace. It has gained popularity throughout Asia and is still broadcast in Taiwan. It can be watched on YoYo TV and MoMo TV.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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