The World of GOLGO 13

by Hideo

World's First Exhibition of Golgo 13

Sakai City Cultural Hall

The exhibition of "The World of Golgo 13" is held in Sakai City Cultural Hall near JR Sakai Station.
Have you ever heard of "GOLGO 13" ?  Golgo13 is a gekiga, or a picture-card show, which Saito Takao has been issuing 173 volumes for 45 years.

The World of GOLGO 13

The cumulative total circulation of Golgo 13 exceeds 200 million.  This ranked number 2  after "One Piece" with a circulation of about 273 million among cartoons in Japan. 
  I've been drawn unconsciously to the stories against the background of real international situation and I read them on the journey by Shinkansen, or a bullet train, all the time.  The reason why I was attracted is that the story covers a wide variety of genres such as wars, disputes, terrorism, latest technology, history, arts, sports and the like.

Golgo 13 is a super sniper. His famous words go as follows.
1.Never stand behind me without making any noise.
2.A true professional waits for a chance to the very last moment.
3.It is fools that do something without thinking it through first and people proudly telling it are more foolish.
4.I'll never see my client again, unless he betrays me.
I think both the second and third words are applied to the present as well.

By the way the author Saito Takao was born in Sakai city.
Speaking of Sakai, it is famous for the largest keyhole-shaped tumulus in Japan and you can see a panoramic view of Osaka including the tumulus from the observation deck on the 21st floor in Sakai City Hall.

Please refer to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine and the Largest Tumulus in Japan


19 Aug 2014


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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more


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