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.
Photo: Wang Jung-hsiang, Liberty Times
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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Three adopted Japanese shibas — eight-year-old male Hero, three-year-old female Wish and the latest addition to the family in 2017, a male named Tiger — are the main protagonists of a Facebook page created by their owner, called Hero&Wish, which has over 5,000 followers. Tiger was originally a stray, although it is unclear what caused him to be homeless. Fortunately, he tramped onto a school campus in southern Taiwan. While classes were underway, the forlorn sound of feeble footsteps reverberated in the corridor outside. A teacher went out to investigate and discovered Tiger, with an astonishing trail of bloody paw prints
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