We report an earliest detection of an optical afterglow of GRB 030329 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan). Our observation started 67 minutes after the burst and continued for two succeeding nights. Combining our data with those reported in GCN, we find that the early afterglow light curve of the first half day is described by a broken powerlaw (α t -α) function with indices α1 = 0.88 ± 0.01 (0.047 days < t < tb1), α2 = 1.18 ± 0.01 (tb1 < t < tb2), and α 3 = 1.81 ± 0.04 (tb2 < t < 1.2 days), where tb1 ∼ 0.26 days and tb2 ∼ 0.54 days, respectively. The change of the power-law index at the first break at t ∼ 0.26 days is consistent with that expected from a "cooling break".
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