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Shigeru Miyamoto Geek Impulse Japan

Shigeru Miyamoto Becomes First Video Game Creator to Be Recognized as Person of Cultural Merit in Japan.


On October 29th it was announced that the legendary video game creator and Nintendo Creative and father of Super Mario and Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto will be awarded the highest honor a person in a creative field can receive in Japan. This will be also done alongside manga creator Moto Hagio (They Were Eleven, The Poe Clan). This honor was also given to Studio Ghibli found and anime director Hayao Miyazaki in 2012.

According to Crunchyroll, The “Person of Cultural Merit” is awarded to people by the Japanese Government who have made great cultural contributions to Japan and is one of the highest honors a creator can receive in Japan. The 2019 ceremony will be held in a hotel in Tokyo on November 5.

Shigeru Miyamoto Geek Impulse Japan
© Photo from Rachel Thorn on Twitter Pictured with Manga Pioneer Moto Hagio

Miyamoto is currently 66 years old. The creator has worked with Nintendo since 1977. He was also the company’s first artist who helped create art for Nintendo’s first original coin-operated game, Sheriff. He has continued to assist Nintendo in developing and launching some of the Switch’s greatest titles, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Pictured above is Moto Hagio, who is a pioneer of shōjo and shōnen-ai manga, and her works helped establish conventions of these and other fields. Hagio’s They Were Eleven, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, A,A’, The Heart of Thomas, and Otherworld Barbara manga has English releases. Hagio wrote two new chapters for her The Poe Clan manga titled “Poe no Ichizoku: Haru no Yume” in Monthly Flowers in May 2016 and May 2017, marking the first new chapters in the manga in 40 years.

Also receiving the award are Nobel laureate Akira Yoshino. Akira Yoshino was also one of three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry. Yoshino, a 71-year-old honorary fellow at chemical company Asahi Kasei Corp. and professor at Meijo University, shared this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry with America’s John Goodenough and the U.K.’s Stanley Whittingham for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries.

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