Giant mural painting in the old Mangarudo “In a new photo spot” by an artist from Ishinomaki | Kahoku Shimpo Online News / ONLINE NEWS

January 15, 2022 12:16

Two Kumakan working on the production with the trademark red jumpsuit
The completed mural.Packed with materials that symbolize Ishinomaki, including the Manga Museum

The unit “KUMAKAN” by the artist kurokuma micco, both from Ishinomaki City, and Ibokuma-san drew a huge mural on the old Mangarudo in Chuo 2-chome, Ishinomaki City. He hoped that it would be an opportunity for young people to challenge their goals.

A window leading to infinite outer space appeared in a corner of the city. It is a mural painting about 3.5 meters long and 6.6 meters wide. Countless stars twinkle against the background of a blue-based mosaic. Animals that symbolize the region, such as mackerel, whales, deer and cats, can be seen at a glance.

The character “Aoi Kemono” by Shotaro Ishinomori (1938-98) stands heroically above the Manga Museum, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Production started at the end of October as part of the “City Naka Canvas Project” of “Manga Museum”. Work continued every weekend and was completed on December 19, last year.

Mr. Ibokuma said, “The production was a battle against the cold, but the people in the area supported me. When I was a kid, the city was a playground, so I hope the murals will become a new photo spot.”

The two are classmates from Ishinomaki City Women’s High School (currently Sakurazaka High School), and this year marks the 12th anniversary of their formation. In May of last year, he also worked on the mural paintings for Ishinomaki Nakazato Mary Nursery School = Ekimae Kitadori 2-chome = to increase the number of places where he can play an active role. Mr. kurokuma said, “I felt that Ishinomaki is a place where I can challenge what I want to do. I hope people who see the production scenery and paintings will think so.”

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