Brand New Manga Museum to Come to Tokyo

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Manga fans will be delighted to hear that a demolished apartment block once home to the likes of Osamu Tezuka will be reconstructed as a brand new manga museum ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

A demolished apartment building previously home to several famous manga artists in the Toshima Ward of Tokyo is set to be reconstructed as a manga museum ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Thought to be the original home of manga production, the building, which was demolished in 1982, was once home to a succession of emerging manga artists, including the Astro Boy author Osamu Tezuka.

“The museum will teach younger generations about Tokiwaso, where today’s manga culture originated," said Yukio Takano, mayor of Toshima Ward. "We also aim to draw tourists who come for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.”

The hope for the museum is that it will become a centre for manga culture in the city. The building will be reconstructed in Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Park, around 200m away from the apartment's original plot. The exterior will closely resemble the original building, with the same 420m of floor space. Inside, the museum will house a number of manga galleries. Reproduced, handwritten drawings from when the manga artists inhabited the building will also be on display.

For manga fans visiting Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond, the new museum will be one of many places in the capital offering the chance to explore Japan's manga culture. The below map from Tokyo Tourism shows other places of intrigue for fans of these Japanese-style cartoon artworks:

To create a manga-filled holiday, why not also visit the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, or the Animate Ikebukuro Building - filled with manga and anime merchandise. J- World, an indoor manga amusement centre, is a must for fans of One Piece or Dragon Ball, whilst manga drawing classes are a fantastic way to get some ‘hands on’ experiences to take home. ‘Manga kissa’ or ‘manga cafes’ are popular for fans looking for a place to zone-out with a book, and can also act as overnight accommodation.

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