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Videos portraying Toshima City now and in the future

The curtain rises on the International City of Arts and Culture, Toshima City, 2015

This video portrays Toshima City’s ongoing development as an International City of Arts and Culture. The goal is to become a stage upon which anyone from anywhere in the world can be a star. The video also introduces the concept for the new city office building that opened on May 7, 2015. The City Office is changing; let’s change the City Office! The city is changing; let’s change the city! The video shows a city about to turn a significant new page in its history.

View the video Curtain-raising for the International City of Arts and Culture, Toshima City, 2015

The city is changing; let’s change the city.

Created with an eye on the future development of Toshima City, the theme of this promotional video is “the city is changing; let’s change the city.” The video presents the Komagome district of Toshima City as the birthplace of the Somei-Yoshino cherry tree and the Tokiwa-so Apartments as the birthplace of manga and anime. It also shows Toshima City’s involvement in building a safe and secure city through the acquisition of the International Safe Community certification. It also depicts the changing face of the city as work progresses on the new city hall building and the development of the area around the old government buildings. Toshima City continues to create safety and security for its residents.

View the video The City Is Changing; Let’s Change the City.

Toshima 80—Part I, a commemorative video marking the eightieth anniversary of Toshima City becoming a Tokyo ward

Toshima 80 was created as a promotional video commemorating Toshima City’s eightieth anniversary. The aim was to create a video that dynamically portrayed Toshima City and appealed to the viewers, including bird’s-eye views of the city with a sweeping scale and a musical score matched to every theme. Just fifteen minutes long, the work captures the essence of Toshima City. This video took first prize in the video section of the 2012 Tokyo Public Relations Contest.

View the video Toshima 80—Part I, commemorating Toshima City’s eightieth anniversary

Toshima 80—Part II, a commemorative video marking the eightieth anniversary of Toshima City’s establishment as a Tokyo ward

Toshima 80 was created as a promotional video commemorating the eightieth anniversary of Toshima City’s establishment.
The theme of Part II is the city’s attractive qualities, featuring aspects such as Toshima being the birthplace of the Somei-Yoshino cherry tree and its traditional culture and festivals.

View the video Toshima 80—Part II, commemorating Toshima City’s eightieth anniversary

The Tale of Susuki Mimizuku—Local Actions to Transmit Local Folklore

An expanse of susuki (pampas) grass dancing in the breeze is a nostalgic scene that can no longer be experienced in Toshima City. But the mimizuku (horned owl) dolls made from susuki grass—a traditional Toshima City plaything—are still sold to visitors to Kishimojin Temple in Zoshigaya as they have since Edo times. The tale of the susuki mimizuku has been passed down as local folktale through kami-shibai (picture board) plays and children’s books. Now a brand-new tale has emerged from the susuki mimizuku story.

View the video “The Tale of Susuki Mimizuku—Local Actions to Transmit Local Folklore”

I’m Staking It All on Manga!

The quiet residential streets and bustling shopping districts of Tokyo’s Toshima City are coming together to promote manga. Old apartment buildings in the city are home to young men and women just beginning to spread their wings as manga artists. The local residents keep a kind and watchful eye over these young artists. A giant of comedy manga who once threw Japan into paroxysms of laughter nurtured this spirit of community. The fledgling manga artists who inherited this spirit and the local citizens of Toshima City are working to breathe new life into the world of manga.

View the video “I’m Staking It All on Manga!”