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Recreating a Legendary Apartment from Memories Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum

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No.037
Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum

The legendary Tokiwaso apartment building was once home to illustrious manga artists the likes of Osamu Tezuka, Fujio A. Fujiko, and Fujio F. Fujiko. Demolished in 1982, the building embarked on a new start as the Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum in July 2020. We visit the museum to experience the ingenious displays and learn how the building came to be recreated.


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2021.06.02

Apartments Nurture Manga Culture

Built in 1952, just after the war, the Tokiwaso apartment building attracted a number of up-and-coming manga artists of the time.

A reproduction of this legendary building, the Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum brings the culture of the time to life.

Embodying Real-Life Anecdotes

The most impressive aspect of the museum is just how masterfully the Tokiwaso is reproduced. Rusted metal, walls faded over time, and other details faithfully reproduce the ambience of a bygone age.

These elements were all designed and produced by the curators and architecture and art teams based on records and interviews of residents at the time.

“For example, there is the story of George Yamauchi wearing his school uniform when he moved to Tokyo, so an uniform hangs on the wall of his room to get as close as possible to the feel of the era,” says Kanako Kitayama, the museum’s spokesperson.

It is this meticulous attention to detail that brings to life the warmth and presence of the people who lived in Tokiwaso.

Streets Walked by Manga Artists

Walking Tokiwaso-dori, just outside the museum, visitors can trace the steps of the manga artists who called the neighborhood home.

After Tokiwaso was demolished, local volunteers urged Toshima City officials to commemorate the building. A monument was erected, and a council of local residents and government officials was established. Similar activities over the years led to the founding of the museum.

The Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum serves as a time capsule of the neighborhood during this period, evoking a mysterious nostalgia in visitors. This is a new type of museum that is embraced and loved by the community.

Museum 2nd floor
Tokiwaso hallway circa 1981. Photograph courtesy of Sasuke Kamui
George Yamauchi’s 2nd floor room
The Manga Lounge displays manga and other Tokiwaso-related items.
Neighborhood street where many manga artists shopped

Japanese original text: Emi Sato
Photo: Shu Nakagawa

Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum
Location: In Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Koen, Minami-Nagasaki 3-9-22, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-6912-7706
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Last entrance 17:30)
Holidays: Mondays (following day in case of public holiday), year-end/New Year's holidays, during exhibit rotation
Admission: Admission charged during special exhibition periods
https://tokiwasomm.jp/