A new tourist site based on the popular manga series “KochiKame” will open in Tokyo in fiscal 2024

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Statues of characters from the manga series “KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops” are seen near the south exit of JR Kameari station in the Kameari district of Tokyo’s Katsushika district on February 14, 2022. (Mainichi/Kazuo Yanagisawa)

TOKYO — In the Kameari district of Tokyo’s Katsushika district, where the popular manga series “KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops” is set, the district office is set to build a new tourist attraction based on the manga, it said. -we learned.

The facility is scheduled to open in fiscal 2024, and a budget of 89 million yen (approximately $774,000) has been allocated in the 2022 fiscal budget for the basic design and leasing of the planned construction site. .

The facility will be newly built on private land near the south exit of JR Kameari Station and is expected to have five floors. It is located between the station and a large-scale shopping mall, and the hope is that the facility will appeal not only to tourists but also to shoppers who might stop by on their way to the mall.

Explanations of the work of the creator of “KochiKame” and honorary resident of the parish Osamu Akimoto and his original drawings will be displayed. There are also plans to sell original items based on the manga.

“KochiKame” is a nationally popular manga that has been a series for about 40 years in the weekly manga magazine “Shukan Shonen Jump” until 2016. The Katsushika ward office had so far installed 15 statues bronze of characters from the series and manhole covers with patterns. related to manga near the station. The neighborhood office hopes the new facility will bring in even more visitors and enliven its community. A neighborhood office official said, “We want to elevate our appeal as the site where ‘KochiKame’ takes place.

(Japanese original by Kazuo Yanagisawa, Tokyo Office)

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