Gummi bears & Anpanman are sad today

Two iconic figures have passed away: Takashi Yanase, the creator of Anpanman and Hans Riegel, the CEO of Haribo, famous for creating gummi bears. Both were nonagenarians. Read brief obituaries of both men by clicking on the photos below. As a writing prompt, tell us how either — or both — have affected your lives.

I happened to be in a bird park near Haneda Airport the other day, and they had a collection of “Unusual Things Washed Up from the Ocean”. The Anpanman made me laugh when I saw it, but when I heard the next day that the creator had died, it made the picture rather poignant.

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