Young Artists to Live in Tezuka's Old Neighborbood

posted on 2011-07-08 17:00 EDT by Andrew Osmond
Aspiring creators in Tokyo apartment across from workspace of manga pioneers

Young manga artists will help keep the memory of their legendary predecessors alive, with two budding creators winning a place in a Tokyo apartment overlooking the site where the "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka spent his youth.

Tezuka once lived in "Tokiwa-so," a Tokyo apartment in Toshima Ward, with other major manga artists (pictured below) such as Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider creator Shotaro Ishinomori,. Fujio Akatsuka, the creator of the early magic girl title Himitsu no Akko-chan and known in Japan as the king of comedic manga, also lived there for a time.

Two aspiring manga artists and one professional will live together in an apartment in Tokyo's Toshima Ward right across from the site of an apartment where major manga artists including Osama Tezuka lived in their youths.

"Tokiwa-so" was torn down in 1982. However, Toshima Ward held a contest in June for two new manga artists to move into "Shiun-so," a two-story apartment opposite the "Tokiwa-so" site. There were eleven contenders; the winners were "Edasaku," 28, from Kakegawa and Kentaro Fukuda, 23, from Komae in Tokyo.

They will join a professional manga creator, 35 year-old Kenichi Kiriki, who has lived in the "Shiun-so" apartment since April.

Source: The Mainichi Daily News

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