◆トキワ荘 TOKIWASOU apartment◆


NPO JAPAN Manga & Anime Tokiwasou Forum

 

What do you think about, if you hear the expression ‘Holy Place’?

Jerusalem? Mecca? India?

 

If one of these places is your answer, you aren’t a real manga and anime lover.

 

The most important ‘Holy Place’ for manga culture is the Tokiwasou Apartment in Tokyo.

 

Have you ever heard about it? OsamuTezuka, nicknamed ‘The God of Manga’ , used to live in that apartment in the 50’s.

 

Tezuka is the great cartoonist who created the new category ‘’Story Manga’, with comics such as Astro Boy or Kimba the White Lion. He wrote very long stories divided into episodes which all ended with the famous line つづく. This is one of the reasons why Japanese mangas are so entertaining and long.

 

 

 

Tezuka went to live in Tokiwasou in 1953 and soon after him, also Fujiko Fujio, Ishinomori Shotaro, Akatsuka Fujio, and many others followed him and went to live there. Thanks to their friendly competition, they developed high quality stories and made the  whole field of manga writing develop to new professional levels. We are not exaggerating if we state that ‘’If Tokiwasou hadn’t existed, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the great manga and anime we all love now.”

 

 

As a way to thank them and to pay respect to the origins of manga, the NPO Tokiwasou Forum supports the future development of manga and anime.

 


みなさん

聖地と聞いてどこを思い浮かべますか?

エルサレム?メッカ?ガンジス川?

そう答えた人は本当のマンガ・アニメファンとは言えません。

マンガの聖地は東京のトキワ荘というアパートです。

 

トキワ荘アパートにはマンガの神様 手塚治虫先生が住んでいました。

手塚治虫先生は鉄腕アトムやジャングル大帝といった、「つづく」マンガを描き始めた偉大なマンガ家です。日本のマンガが長編で面白いストーリー、というルーツはここにあります。

 

手塚治虫がトキワ荘に住み始め、寺田ヒロオ、藤子不二雄藤子不二雄A、藤子・F・不二雄)、鈴木伸一、つのだじろう、石森章太郎、赤塚不二夫が住み、松本零士、ちばてつやといった若い漫画家がトキワ荘に集まり、お互いに切磋琢磨したことが、マンガのクオリティーをあげる事に繋がりました。現在こんなに面白いマンガを楽しめるのは、トキワ荘のお陰と言っても過言ではありません。

 

私たち「NPOトキワ荘フォーラム」はマンガの原点「トキワ荘」に感謝と敬意を評しながら、未来のマンガ・アニメの発展を応援します。

 

(敬称略)