A new Manga Park was opened last month in the city of Tachikawa, western Tokyo, with an incredible number of 30,000 comics for about $4 per day. The manga park’s officials expect for the place to develop and for the number of titles to grow to 50,000 in the next months, as the library located in the town’s Kodomo Mirai Center gained lots of visitors by offering a cheap and entertaining experience to manga fans, the local press comments.
One Piece, Dragon Ball, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and other manga series that some of the readers had never even heard of are divided by genres and stocked in the manga library, along with clean copies of every issue ever produced of Nana, Yotsuba, Hana Yori Dango, Naruto and more.
The library includes titles for readers of any age, spanning themes from princess and high seas adventures to cocktail making and courtroom dramas, visitors say.
The place is designed to offer “relaxation at home” and includes large spaces with low tables and blocks for visitors to sit on, cushions, small desks and built-in lights that turn on automatically whenever someone enters.
In a special display area, the readers can also learn about the history of manga both in Japanese and English.
If spending too much time in the library makes visitors hungry, they can use the vending machines, water fountains and even a separate dining area dubbed the “Manga Cafe” that sells Japanese classics like home-cooked curry and rice, takoyaki octopus dumplings, beef, popcorn, hot dogs and beer.
The Manga Park is open daily between 10:00 a.m. until 7 p.m. (8 p.m. on Saturdays).