Tetsuya Tsutsumi /profile

This blog will be open on November 30,TOMORROW.

An announcement of forthcoming interview.

The 1st enthusiast who is going to talk  is

Tetsuya Tsutsumi


In 1960, Tetsuya Tsutsumi was born in Tokyo, raised in Saitama prefecture.
He finished at The Tokyo-designer-school.
A researcher and a writer for Tokusatsu.
He mainly writes on the subject of the special effects drama in Showa-period, such as ” Kamen-Rider “that the Toeiworks producer,Tohru Hirayama whom Tsutsumi has respected created.

In the elementary school days, Tsutsumi was hooked on collecting Kamen-Rider cards.
After he grew up, he restarted collecting, through the fanzine, published his first work “Kamen-Rider card” in 1993.
Tsutsumi established the classification of Kamen-Rider cards, laid the philological foundation for the study, solidified the position of the leading authority in this field.
In addition to Kamen-Rider cards, he has continued the study and collection of paper articles : premium cards of various snacks, mini-cards and the five yen bromaides sold in an old fashioned penny candy store.
「The Ultra-Bromides」(1997 Husoh-sya)
「Maguma-Taishi(=The Special Giants) perfect book (1999 Byakuya-syobo)
「Gozilla bromaide complete collection   All of the Toho popular Kaiju monster are charging」(2000 Enterbrain)
「The Legend of our heroes   The study for the heroes in the anime and Tokusatsu works in the 40’s Syowa Period」(2002 Huso-sya)
「The complete file of「Akuma-kun」「Kappa-no-Sanpei」・・・The TV drama by Shigeru Mizuki original work」(2002 Seirin-do)  「The complete collection of Kamen-Rider X, Amazon, Stronger」(2004 Hutaba-sya)
「Ultra-Heroes perfect guidebook」(2012 Mediamix)   etc.

Tetsuya Tsutsumi / Kamen rider card (1)

In September 2016

Mr. Tsutsumi, whom I had not seen for a long time, had become considerably thinner.
I knew that he had been hospitalized and had had an operation. Indeed, he looked like a person who had just survived a serious illness.

As it was the second day of the three-day weekend, the streets were very crowded. Moreover, it was raining.
Mr. Tsutsumi was constantly rubbing his chest, saying that he feels tingling of his operation  scar on a raining day.
“I am sorry that I asked you to come here on such a day.”, I  said.
“It’s all right. Three months have passed since I had the operation.I had better go out because I have been staying in all  the time. It’s a good opportunity, as a rehab as well.” , Mr. Tsutsumi said. he moved his shirt and showed me his scar.
“・・・Oh, You slightly look like a Kamen rider.”
“Yes, I am really a “remodeled” human being.”
We entered the coffee shop at the basement of the east exit.
Mr. Tsutsumi ordered a hot milk tea and looked relieved.
“I brought this card first, as the most orthodox of orthodox.”
He put a card in a transparent sleeve on the table.

“The 46th card of the 14 station edition.”

Kamen rider does a somersault in the photograph.The sky is dark and cloudy, and I cannot see the face of the Kamen rider  who is twisting his body, due to the angle.This is the “phantom” card that did not appear till the very end.


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On the back of the card, this was written.

<<< 46   Lucky card

Please send this card to the following address.We will send you an album to keep your Kamen rider cards in.

Calbee confectionery company,   department of Kamen rider cards

Hirade Industrial Estate   Utsunomiya city

Kamen rider’s secret

He has artificial-muscles that are 10 times stronger than a human beings’.
Cars are no match against a kick with his Rider foot   >>>


I would also add that〈14 stations〉refers to when Kamen-Rider was broadcasted  on 14 television stations. The 1st~60th  Rider-cards in the first edition belong to this 14 stations edition.
Formerly, it was a well-known fact among card enthusiasts that the 46th card of the 14 stations edition did not  appear. Everyone was looking for this, but could not find it.The card did not come out for so long that some people said it might not exist.
But then, Mr.Tsutsumi inferred that the unseen 46th card must be a 〈lucky card.〉

Self Introduction

I have lived as the wife of an enthusiast for many years.
I have been looked on by my parents and siblings with pity.

I have been looked down on because my lifestyle is eccentric.
Whenever we take a family trip, I must follow my husband to some collector’s shop.

I continued eating a lot of potato chips which had been sold with cards for several months.

When I look back on it, I can surely assert that there were almost nothing but negatives in everyday life.

My husband and I do not have children.Besides, I have a basically careless character. So I cannot compare myself with others.
But, all things considered, I was very annoyed that our living space was too small. Even the restroom is tightly packed with articles.When we sleep, a heap of books and magazines towers over us.

During the earthquake disaster of March 11, 2011, we were fortunately on an outing. But when we came home, we were terrified to see that several layers of books which had fallen from the bookshelves were scattered across the entire room.

The wife of a enthusiast risks her life.

Although the flow of a river does not die out, the flowing water is changed each time.

A house is a temporary thing, and it is pointless to suffer sorrow or joy for it… (from “Houjou-ki” by a recluse of the Middle Ages in Japan, Kamo-no-Chomei)

Once I came to think the house to be a trifling matter, my husband’s strange deep attachment to articles became rather funny to me. He would say nonsense such as “this is for watching, this is for preserving, this is for exchanging…” , which sounded like the cry of a rare animal. I didn’t get so angry. With this and that, I have been coexisting with his enthusiastic life.

But since the time of the earthquake disaster in 2011, I came to feel a strange desire to learn something new, and last year, I made up my mind and began a part-time job at Mandarake which my husband visits frequently.
As is generally known, Mandarake is the industry-leading dealer of secondhand articles, mainly old comics.They cover a wide range of articles, comics, animated cartoons, model kits, soft vinyl figures, superalloy toys, games, fan magazines, and fan goods. These are subculture articles which mainly arose in the Japanese consumer society after the Second World War.

Working as a careless cashier, I look at many articles flowing in or out of this shrine of subculture every day.The Tale of Genji and the Heike Monogatari, even Waka (a 31-syllable Japanese traditional poem) were once subcultures at first.Sometimes the scene of cherry trees in full blossom blooming in a village which became uninhabited due to the radioactivity of that earthquake flashes across my mind. I wonder each time what things will survive in the next era.

Meanwhile, I noticed that the act of buying and selling articles includes the fight to make the articles survive in days to come.

Then, when I looked back again, there were a lot of people who do such a thing around myself, including my husband.

They bet their life to believe in the value of the articles, create the value of articles, ruining their own lives in the process.

I asked them to talk.
About their enthusiasm for articles shaking their soul.

About their feelings running toward articles with all their energies.

I am going to leave their story in this blog.

While, in this invisible world out of order, thinking of the thing called the future.