Hajime Tsuburaya

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Hajime Tsuburaya
Hajime Tsuburaya
Born April 28, 1931
Tokyo, Japan
Died February 9, 1973 (aged 41)
Occupation Cinematographer, director, producer, lyricist, president of Tsuburaya Productions
First work Godzilla (1954)
Notable work Ultraman (TV 1966-1967)

Hajime Tsuburaya (円谷 一,   Tsuburaya Hajime), writing under the pseudonym Kyoichi Azuma (東 京一,   Azuma Kyōichi), was a Japanese cinematographer, director, producer, and lyricist. The eldest son of Eiji Tsuburaya, he got his start on the 1954 film, Godzilla and its sequel, Godzilla Raids Again, as an assistant special effects cinematographer. Tsuburaya worked as a director for his father's company, Tsuburaya Productions, during the 1960s, including on numerous episodes of the first three entries in the Ultra series. He also wrote lyrics for many songs used in the company's television series. Following his father's death in 1970, Tsuburaya became president of Tsuburaya Productions and continued to produce and supervise the company's shows and movies until his own untimely death on February 9, 1973, at age 41.

Selected filmography

Assistant special effects cinematographer

Executive producer



Director of special effects

  • Ultraman (TV 1966-1967) [episodes 12-13]



Family tree

Sei TsumurayaIsamu Tsumuraya
Shuzaburo ArakiMasano TsuburayaEiji Tsuburaya
Noboru TsuburayaHajime TsuburayaAkira Tsuburaya
Kazuo TsuburayaMasahiro TsuburayaHideaki TsuburayaYuko Tsuburaya
Hiroshi TsuburayaHitomi Tsuburaya



  • Shiro Sano portrays a character based on Tsuburaya, Azuma, in Nezura 1964. The character's name comes from Tsuburaya's pseudonym.

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