Tokyo ward to resurrect dwelling famed for housing manga artists

Kyodo

Tokyo’s Toshima Ward plans to restore Tokiwa-so, a wooden apartment building known for housing many manga artists, including Osamu Tezuka, to promote the nation’s anime culture.

The ward will create the building at a park near the place where Tokiwa-so originally stood, ward officials said Thursday.

They said they hope the building will be completed by the end of March 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The two-story building, which housed famous artists, including Shotaro Ishinomori and manga writing duo Fujiko Fujio in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was demolished in 1982.

The ward plans to reproduce a working space of the artists inside the new building. It plans to allocate a budget of ¥200 million to ¥300 million for the project.