September 3, 2020
If the name “Tokiwaso” rings a bell as the “holy place of manga,” you can pride yourself on being a manga trivia buff. In the 50s to early 60s, it was the apartment building where a number of manga artists who would go on to achieve fame lived at the start of their careers, including Tezuka Osamu, the creator of Astro Boy, and Akatsuka Fujio, known for writing the popular series Osomatsu-kun. Although the building was demolished in 1982 due to its age, it has been faithfully recreated within Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Park, not far from the original site. In July this year, it was opened as a museum.