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Photo Journal: Apartment art

(Mainichi/Motohiro Negishi)

Illustrations that famed manga artist Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) drew on a ceiling board of Tokiwa-so, a legendary apartment house in Tokyo's Toshima Ward where several famous cartoonists lived when they were novices, are seen in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in this recent photo. The illustrations, drawn on Dec. 1, 1982, feature Sapphire, the heroine of Tezuka's manga series "Princess Knight," and a self-portrait by Tezuka. The artist removed the ceiling board after reporters told him Tokiwa-so was going to be demolished, drew the illustrations on it, and presented it to the reporters. The board, measuring 90 centimeters by 30 centimeters was kept at a press club room at the Metropolitan Police Department's Shinjuku Police Station. The press club is now considering donating it to the Toshima Ward government, in response to a request from the ward, so that it can be featured in a restoration of Tokiwa-so due to open in 2020.

    (Japanese original by Haruna Okuyama, City News Department)

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