The Info List - Tokiwa-so

Coordinates: 35°43′27″N 139°41′18″E / 35.72417°N 139.68833°E / 35.72417; 139.68833



The former site of Tokiwa-sō

General information

Status Demolished

Type Residential

Address 3-16-6 Minami-Nagasaki

Town or city Toshima, Tokyo
Toshima, Tokyo

Country Japan

Completed December 6, 1952

Demolished November 29, 1982

Technical details

Floor count 2

(Japanese: トキワ荘, Hepburn: Tokiwa-sō) was an apartment building in Toshima, Tokyo, Japan famous for being the early living-quarters of many prominent manga artists.


1 Description 2 Notable residents and relation to manga and anime 3 Related and similar buildings 4 References 5 External links

Description[edit] Tokiwa-sō
was a Japanese style no-frills apartment building, two stories high, built of wood. It was one of the pre-war buildings which survived the fire bombing of Tokyo during World War II
World War II
and became part of the nucleus of the Minami Nagasaki residential area of Toshima ward. It had no baths, only cold water sinks and toilets. Residents went to local sentō bath houses, the Tsuru-yu and the Akebono-yu (now modern condominiums).[1] The building existed as a sort of atelier from 1952 to 1982. It was demolished in 1982.[2] It is now the site of a building belonging to a publisher of scientific and test preparation textbooks. Notable residents and relation to manga and anime[edit] The second floor of this building housed many young budding artists in the late 1950s to the early 1960s, including Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka
between 1953 and 1954. Residents included Hiroo Terada (1953–1957), Fujiko Fujio (1954–1961), Suzuki Shinichi (1955–1956), Naoya Moriyasu (1956), Shotaro Ishinomori
Shotaro Ishinomori
(1956–1961), Fujio Akatsuka
Fujio Akatsuka
(1956–1961), Norio Yokota (1958–1961), Hideko Mizuno
Hideko Mizuno
(1958) and George Yamaguchi (1960–1962). Tezuka offered a room to the writing duo Fujiko Fujio
Fujiko Fujio
when he was moving out. Fujiko Fujio
Fujiko Fujio
would make similar gestures themselves, offering rooms to rookie artists whenever one was made available, including to Akatsuka and Ishinomori.[3] The business of manga production today in Japan has a prototype in the collaborative activities pioneered at Tokiwa-sō. According to Tam Bing Man (one of the acting duo), who was an assistant of Osamu Tezuka in earliest days, Tezuka first introduced this production system employing many assistants to make manga, in order to meet the deadlines of publishing in weekly manga magazines. This model of several assistants helping a main artist is still used today, providing young manga artists with training. Related and similar buildings[edit]

The Tokiwa-sō
memorial in Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Koen

A memorial plaque with self-portraits and autographs of 10 former Tokiwa-sō
residents, with a small model of the building on top, stands in Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Koen public park.[2] There are bronze monuments of manga characters in Nerima, Tokyo near Ōizumi-gakuen Station.[2] The Tokiwa-sō
Project was started in 2006 to help aspiring manga artists begin their professional careers, including offering housing assistance. By 2016, they have helped more than 60 artists make their debut.[4] Kyoto's Kamigyō ward refurbished a century-old, two-story row house into their own Tokiwa-sō
for aspiring manga artists. It was unveiled on August 23, 2013.[5] In February 2015, the Niigata City government announced plans to open a rent-free house for up-and-coming female manga artists modeled after Tokiwa-sō
called Komachi House. Instructors from the Japan Animation and Manga
College will give lessons to tenants of the house in Chūō-ku, in return for the artists working on projects led by the city government.[6] In July 2016, the Toshima ward government announced plans to build a replica of Tokiwa-sō
in Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Koen public park, a three-minute walk from the original. A museum dedicated to manga and anime will be inside and it is currently scheduled to open in March 2020.[2] The Toshima government plan to spend between 200 million and 300 million yen (~US $1.98 million to $2.98 million) on the project with plans created by a committee of people involved in the original Tokiwa-sō, led by Machiko Satonaka.[7] References[edit]

^ Toshima ward pamphlet ^ a b c d Yamada, Tomohide (2016-09-11). " Manga
preserved for posterity as art form gains hard-won respect". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2016-09-15.  ^ " Fujiko Fujio
Fujiko Fujio
(A) Talks about Life at Tokiwa-so". comipress.com. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2015-08-23.  ^ "Crowdfunding campaign begun to assist aspiring manga artists". Asahi Shimbun. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2016-09-16.  ^ "Kyoto Opens A "Tokiwa-so" for Aspiring Young Manga
Artists". Anime News Network. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2015-08-23.  ^ Miki, Kazuya (2015-02-05). "Niigata to open shared house to help aspiring female manga artists". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2015-08-23.  ^ "'Starting point of manga' apartment to be rebuilt". The Nikkei. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tokiwa-sō.

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Works by Osamu Tezuka


Diary of Ma-chan
Diary of Ma-chan
(1946) Shin Takarajima (1947) Lost World (1948) Angel Gunfighter
Angel Gunfighter
(1949) Metropolis (1949) Faust (1950) Kimba the White Lion
Kimba the White Lion
(1950–1954) Age of Adventure
Age of Adventure
(1951–1953) The Fossil Island
The Fossil Island
(1951) The Adventure of Rock
The Adventure of Rock
(1952–1954) Astro Boy
Astro Boy
(1952–1968) Crime and Punishment (1953) Princess Knight
Princess Knight
(1953–1956) Chief Detective Kenichi
Chief Detective Kenichi
(1954–1956) The Devil of the Earth (1954) The Green Cat
The Green Cat
(1956) Lion Books
Lion Books
(1956–1957) Biiko-chan
(1957) The Curtain is Still Blue Tonight (1958) The Film Lives On
The Film Lives On
(1958–1959) Peacock Shell (1958) The Twin Knights (1958) Dr. Thrill (1959) The Merchant of Venice (1959) Song of the White Peacock (1959) Angel's Hill
Angel's Hill
(1960–1961) Captain Ken
Captain Ken
(1960–1961) Brave Dan
Brave Dan
(1962) Big X
Big X
(1963–1966) Princess Knight
Princess Knight
(1963–1966) The Amazing 3
The Amazing 3
(1965–1966) Ambassador Magma
Ambassador Magma
(1965–1967) The Vampires (1966–1967) Dororo
(1967–1968) Gum Gum Punch
Gum Gum Punch
(1967–1969) Phoenix (1967–1988) Princess Knight
Princess Knight
(1967–1968) Activist Student (1968) Grand Dolls
Grand Dolls
(1968) Swallowing the Earth
Swallowing the Earth
(1968–1969) The Crater
The Crater
(1969–1970) Triton of the Sea
Triton of the Sea
(1969–1971) Alabaster (1970–1971) Apollo's Song
Apollo's Song
(1970) Bomba! (1970) The Book of Human Insects
The Book of Human Insects
(1970–1971) Marvelous Melmo
Marvelous Melmo
(1970–1972) Ode to Kirihito
Ode to Kirihito
(1970–1971) Adachi-ga Hara
Adachi-ga Hara
(1971) Birdman Anthology
Birdman Anthology
(1971–1975) Lion Books
Lion Books
II (1971–1973) Little Wansa
Little Wansa
(1971–1972) Serenade of a Pig's Navel (1971) Ayako (1972–1973) Buddha (1972–1983) Lay of the Rhine (1972) Lord Iechika Mogami (1972) The Moon and Wolves (1972) Old Folk's Home (1972) Black Jack (1973–1983) Microsuperman
(1973) The Record of Peter Kürten (1973) Sensual Nights (1973) Son of Godfather
Son of Godfather
(1973) The Three-Eyed One
The Three-Eyed One
(1974–1978) Boy Detective Zumbera (1975) Rainbow Prelude
Rainbow Prelude
(1975) MW (1976–1978) Unico
(1976–1979) Don Dracula
Don Dracula
(1979) Insect Collector (1979) Insect Collector - The Butterfly Road Smells of Death (1979) The Thief Akikazu Inoue
The Thief Akikazu Inoue
(1979) Hidamari no Ki
Hidamari no Ki
(1981–1986) Rainbow Parakeet
Rainbow Parakeet
(1981–1983) Spaceship Ringel Rock (1982) Suspicion (1982) Volcanic Eruption (1982) Message to Adolf
Message to Adolf
(1983–1985) Peace Concert (1984) Duke Goblin
Duke Goblin
(1985–1986) Gringo (1987–1989)


Alakazam the Great
Alakazam the Great
(1960) Astro Boy
Astro Boy
(1963–1966) Big X
Big X
(1964–1965) The Amazing 3
The Amazing 3
(1965–1966) Kimba the White Lion
Kimba the White Lion
(1965–2009) Leo the Lion (1966–1967) Gokū no Daibōken (1967) Princess Knight
Princess Knight
(1967–1999) Dororo
(1969) A Thousand and One Nights (1969) Cleopatra (1970) Marvelous Melmo
Marvelous Melmo
(1971–1972) Triton of the Sea
Triton of the Sea
(1972–1979) Belladonna of Sadness
Belladonna of Sadness
(1973) Little Wansa
Little Wansa
(1973) Microsuperman
(1973) Jetter Mars
Jetter Mars
(1977) Undersea Super Train: Marine Express (1979) Unico
(1979–1983) Astro Boy
Astro Boy
(1980–1981) Fumoon
(1980) Phoenix 2772
Phoenix 2772
(1980) Don Dracula
Don Dracula
(1982) The Green Cat
The Green Cat
(1983) Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature (1984) Lunn Flies into the Wind
Lunn Flies into the Wind
(1985) The Three-Eyed One
The Three-Eyed One
(1985–1991) Phoenix (1986–2012) Yamataro Comes Back
Yamataro Comes Back
(1986) Blue Blink
Blue Blink
(1989–1990) The New Adventures of Kimba The White Lion (1989–1990) Rain Boy (1989) Adachi-ga Hara
Adachi-ga Hara
(1991) Akuemon
(1993) Ambassador Magma
Ambassador Magma
(1993) Black Jack (1993–2011) In the Beginning: The Bible Stories (1997) Jungle Emperor Leo
Jungle Emperor Leo
(1997) Hidamari no Ki
Hidamari no Ki
(2000) Metropolis (2001) Astro Boy
Astro Boy
(2003–2005) Astro Boy: Mighty Atom - Visitor of 100,000 Light Years, IGZA (2005) Astro Boy
Astro Boy
(2009) Ravex in Tezuka World (2009) Buddha (2011–present)


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