Thursday, November 5, 2009

Heroes of Tokiwa Manor, part 1, exhibit

I've mentioned Tokiwa Manor a number of times now. It's the apartment building that Tezuka lived in from 1953 to 1954, although several of his assistants continued to stay there a number of years later. It was torn down in the 1980's, but it hasn't been completely forgotten. Recently, a plaque was put up in a small park in the area, and a number of shops banded together with an Ikebukuro historical group to create a small event to honor its memory.

From Oct. 24 to Dec. 6, you can visit the exhibit on the 7th floor of the Worker's Welfare Hall, and participate in the stamp rally. Both things are free. There's also a talk show on Dec. 5, limited to the first 100 people to mail in for tickets, and a film showing on Nov. 21 and 28.

(Workers Welfare Hall.)

First, the exhibit. It's in Ikebukuro, southwest of the main JR station. To get there, take the Yamanote line to Ikebukuro, then follow the signs to the station's west exit. Stay in the tunnels, and come up to street level at the C-8 exit. You should be in front of the Jonathan's restaurant. Nearby will be signs pointing to the Art Center, the Fire Department and the Welfare hall. Go in the direction they are pointing, about 4 blocks. The Welfare hall will be at the end of the main road, just past the police station and fire department, on the left. The elevators are near the information desk. Go up to the 7th floor and the exhibit will be in front of you and winds around to your right.

(Sliding doors that used to hang in the building, decorated by the artists.)

Naturally, cameras are not allowed. This area is normally used for displaying the history of the local Toshima area and some of the artwork for it remains on the walls. The Tokiwa portion takes up 3 rooms. First there's a set of glass cases holding various manga from Tezuka, Ishimori, Akatsuka, Fujio Fujiko and the others. There's a model of the Tokiwa Manor building and a recreation of one of the apartments that one of the artists lived in. One area is set aside as a children's corner for coloring in some manga pages. The rest of the exhibit contains photos of each of the main artists, plus samples of their manga and some original pencil drawings and finished panels.

(Inside elevator. Event is on floor 7.)

The main desk by the elevator sells art cards for 100 and 300 yen, and the souvenir book (which has all of the art from the exhibit) for 1500 yen. If you're a student of manga history, this is definitely the event for you.

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