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Osamu Tezuka manga characters feature on traditional craftworks in Tokyo ward

A bag is displayed with fine embroidery depicting Astro Boy. (Photo courtesy of Tokyo's Edogawa Ward Government)

TOKYO -- Traditional craftworks featuring Astro Boy, Black Jack, and other characters by the late Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka have gone on sale in the capital's Edogawa Ward.

The craftworks were developed and sold by Meister Promotion Co. in the ward, which has been commissioned by the ward government to promote sales of traditional craftworks made by local craftsmen under the brand name of Edocore (Edogawa Collection).

The 13 traditional craftworks on sale include a wind chime depicting Astro Boy flying with a searchlight over a city at night in the near future, priced at 3,900 yen. A bag with fine embroidery showing Astro Boy is also on sale for 37,800 yen. Sapphire, the heroine of the manga series "Princess Knight," also features on a scarf created using the yuzen traditional dyeing technique, retailing for 17,280 yen.

The products can be ordered online at the following special website in Japanese: http://meipro-newworld.tokyo/

(Japanese original by Shohei Kawamura, Tokyo Bureau)

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