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Invader Astro Boy Street Art Removed from Shibuya

Invader Astro Boy Street Art Removed from ShibuyaShibuya, Tokyo is full of visual delights, and one of my favorites is the Astro Boy/Tetsuwan Atom piece by the famous street artist Invader.

Is? I mean was. That’s because the city removed the piece from its location over a tunnel on June 17.

The street art mural (which, yes, was technically put up without permission, but c’mon) had been a fixture of Shibuya’s urban landscape since 2014. It’s been estimated at a worth of over a million dollars.

The removal seems to be part of a broader effort to clean up the streets of Shibuya. I would suggest a piece of awesome art was maybe not the first priority for such an effort, but what do I know.

Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.