Japanese Government honors Shigeru Miyamoto with Person of Cultural Merit

Ever since its creation in 1951, Japan has honored people who have made outstanding Cultural Contributions to the advancement and development of Japanese Culture, whether in Academia, Arts, Science, and Sports. This year, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has been picked for the prestigious Person of Cultural Merit Award.

Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Special interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka

The Nikkei, Japan’s Economic Newspaper (and that is regarded as the World’s Largest Financial Newspaper due to a daily circulation exceeding three million) recently had an interview with Mr. Miyamoto regarding the news of his induction into receiving this award, “Games have become a part of Japanese Culture.” Miyamoto mentioned, reminiscing about the accomplishments he has made.

“Growing up, I wanted to become a Manga Artist, but after I graduated from Kanazawa College of Art; I joined Nintendo and engaged in Game Production. In 1981, it was five years since I joined the company and began working on games such as Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. in 1985 as the Famicom Console was released.”

Shigeru Miyamoto

He also went onto say that when developing games that can be enjoyed in large numbers; “I will do this,” “let’s do that next.”

As a long-established business in Kyoto, we did not know of the trend in Tokyo; we knew it was widely accepted in Europe and the United States. The world was immediately fascinated by it.

In 2020, a Nintendo area will be built in Universal Studios Japan and by 2022 it aims to release Mario Movies; “I want to make the world smile with new things.”