Original Ultraman suit actor Bin Furuya strikes his familiar Specium Ray pose at his birthday celebration in Ginza. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Bin Furuya was the original Ultraman suit actor from the original 1966-67 series from Tsuburaya Productions, and he portrayed Amagi in the followup series Ultra Seven (1967-68). Prior to his work with Tsuburaya, he worked at Toho mostly as an extra in many kaiju and tokusatsu films, though he had a bigger role in Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964).
The event began with an autograph signing, and fans were welcome to bring their items for Furuya-san to sign. On sale at the event were familiar bromide cards, but surprisingly larger 8x10s were being sold, as well. These glossies are very unusual to find in Japan.
Throughout the evening, Furuya-san came out in different clothes, first appearing in a traditional kimono, and then later appearing in two different suits. During the evening, special tribute was paid to designer Tohl Narita, and a slide show of Furuya-san's career was presented.
Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008) director Minoru Kawasaki praises Furuya-san during the suit actor's birthday party. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Original Astro Boy voice actress Mari Shimizu praised her longtime friend Bin Furuya. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Ultraman Ace actor Mitsuhiro Sano wishes a happy birthday to Bin Furuya. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Your humble blogmeister poses in between original Astro Boy voice actresses Yoko Mizugaki (left) and Mari Shimizu (right).
As the event was held in Ginza, I had to take an obligatory photo of the Hattori Clock Tower, as seen in Godzilla (1954). Even at an Ultraman event, Godzilla still finds a way to make an appearance!