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A museum replicating the Tokyo apartment building that was home to the late Osamu Tezuka and other legendary manga artists opened Tuesday, 38 years after the original wooden building was dismantled in 1982.

Tokiwaso Manga Museum in the capital’s Toshima Ward features replicas of the rooms and interiors of the two-story building in which artists including “Astro Boy” author Tezuka and “Doraemon” creator Fujiko F. Fujio lived in the 1950s and 1960s.

Works of the former Tokiwaso residents are exhibited on the first floor, while the second floor features re-creations of the authors’ rooms, as well as a shared kitchen and toilet.

“We want to showcase the birthplace of anime and manga culture to the entire world,” Toshima Mayor Yukio Takano said at the opening ceremony. The museum, which is free to enter, is run by the ward office.

Other artists featured in the museum include Fujio Akatsuka, the author of “Genius Bakabon,” and Shotaro Ishinomori, the creator of “Cyborg 009” and “Kamen Rider.”

“Not only the exterior but even mold and spots on the interior walls have been re-created,” said Yuka Kawasaki, 38, the museum’s first visitor and a manga artist herself. “I could feel firsthand the manga creators’ lifestyle and presence. I’m overwhelmed.”

The project was announced in 2016, and construction of the museum began in 2019 near the original site of the building. Upon completion earlier this year, it was scheduled to open to the public in March, but the launch was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A re-creation of a desk used by legendary cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and other artists is displayed at Tokiwaso Manga Museum, which opened in Tokyo on Tuesday. | KYODO
A re-creation of a desk used by legendary cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and other artists is displayed at Tokiwaso Manga Museum, which opened in Tokyo on Tuesday. | KYODO
A re-creation of a room in the demolished Tokiwaso apartment building, which was home to cartoonists such as Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori, at the Tokiwaso Manga Museum | KYODO
A re-creation of a room in the demolished Tokiwaso apartment building, which was home to cartoonists such as Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori, at the Tokiwaso Manga Museum | KYODO
Officials celebrate the opening of the Tokiwaso Manga Museum in Tokyo on Tuesday. | KYODO
Officials celebrate the opening of the Tokiwaso Manga Museum in Tokyo on Tuesday. | KYODO

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It requires pre-booking through its official website for the time being to prevent the spread of the virus. Bookings can be made at https://tokiwasomm.jp.

 

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