Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Wins the 71st Kanagawa Cultural Award just Before his Birthday!

The 81-year-old Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino wins the 71st Kanagawa Cultural Award to recognize his works and influence in the anime industry, not only in Japan, but also around the world! He received the award at the Kanagawa Prefectural Hall on Thursday (November 3rd, 2022) - just 2 days before his birthday!

The Kanagawa Culture Award is a joint project run by Kanagawa Prefecture and Kanagawa Shimbun since 1952. Every year, awards are presented to individuals or groups that have made efforts to improve and develop Kanagawa Prefecture's culture and have made outstanding achievements.

Tomino's hard work made him very well known for his talent in directing many original animations, including the original Mobile Suit Gundam (Gundam 0079) anime series that was released in 1979, and the 2014 G no Reconguista (Gundam Reconguista in G).

During the presentation ceremony, Tomino specifically thanked the people who were very much involved in creating the Gundam Factory Yokohama, along with the thank to the people who have lend the space for them to launch the one of a kind factory.

In addition, a celebratory performance by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra was also held, and a total of 9 songs from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack were performed.


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