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I drew this picture of Sazae-san, from the namesake cartoon, as an elementary school student. Everyone in my class wrote a line and signed the card at our graduation ceremony.
Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada (4) Magnificent heroines, classic films and everything in between

As a child, inspiration came from stage, screen, radio -- and even a girls' magazine

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Perhaps it was the influence of my sisters. When I started elementary school, I became engrossed in the flamboyant Takarazuka Revue, an all-female theater company.

The musical Minami no Aishuu (Southern Grief) is unforgettable. Set on the South Pacific island of Tahiti, it tells the tragic love story of a blind young British man and a Polynesian girl.

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