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Over 100 drawings from legendary boxing manga 'Tomorrow's Joe' go on show in Tokyo

"Ashita no Joe" protagonist Joe Yabuki, left, and his rival Toru Rikiishi are seen in this image (c)Asao Takamori & Tetsuya Chiba / Kodansha Ltd.

TOKYO -- An exhibition of original drawings from legendary boxing manga "Ashita no Joe," which translates to "Tomorrow's Joe," is being held at the Setagaya Literary Museum in Japan's capital until March 31.

    The exhibition, held at the museum in Setagaya Ward, features more than 100 original drawings from the comic series, which began publication in 1968, and is still loved by people of all ages half a century later.

    The manga is set in 1964, the year the Tokyo Olympics were held, and depicts loner protagonist Joe Yabuki and his trainer Danpei Tange growing together through boxing. The exhibition is divided into seven chapters, in reference to the manga's description of the seven secrets needed to become a professional boxer. The series was such a social phenomenon during its serialization in a comic magazine that an actual funeral was held for Joe's rival Toru Rikiishi when he died in the story.

    The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Mondays. General admissions are 800 yen; 600 yen for people aged 65 and older, and high school and college students; and free for junior high school students and younger. For more information, please contact the museum by phone on 03-5374-9111 (in Japanese).

    (Japanese original by Shintaro Matsumoto, Tokyo Bureau)

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