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Sakaiminato is the birth town of Shigeru Mizuki, the author of Kitaro. JR Sakaiminato Station is the entrance of the town, so Sakaiminato Station of the nickname is "Kitaro Station".
There is a bronze statue of Shigeru Mizuki, who wrote the comic, in front of the station building with Kitaro, Medama-oyaji and Nezumi Otoko watching Shigeru Mizuki. Do not miss the Yōkai post next to the bronze statue of Shigeru Mizuki!
There is also an enormous Yōkai mural in Sakai Minato Exchange Center situated in front of the station. The mural is 7.5m high and 20.25m high.
The Yōkai mural welcomes you to Sakaiminato.

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