Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HANGING WITH AN ULTRA-ICON! Coffee and Conversation with Child Actor Sojiro Uchino!

Former child actor Sojiro Uchino holds a copy of his brand-new book, Gotochi Kaiju, featuring original kaiju that represent local areas in Japan. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Yesterday I enjoyed coffee and a pleasant chat with Sojiro Uchino, a former child actor who appeared in several kaiju movies and TV series during the 1960s. He most notably appeared in episode #18 of Ultra Q ("The Rainbow's Egg") and episode #15 of the original Ultraman ("Terrifying Cosmic Rays"). He was also a boy scout in Gamera vs. Viras (a.k.a. Destroy All Planets, 1968) and appeared in an episode of Tsuburaya Productions' Kaiju Booska (1966-67).

Uchino-san is busy promoting his new book Gotochi Kaiju, which features original kaiju in new adventures around Japan. The theme of the book is that the various kaiju represent local areas in Japan, and he is working with local governments around Japan to help promote the project. A book is just the beginning of this effort, so let's wait and see what comes next!

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