3-D manga show travels overseas

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“Manga Realities: Exploring the Art of Japanese Comics Today,” an exhibition of manga artwork held over the summer at the Contemporary Art Gallery of the Art Tower Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture, has embarked on a tour of South Korea, Australia and the Philippines.

The exhibition features original panels from nine manga works that have been released since 2000.

The works (and creators) are: “Solanin” (Inio Asano), “Sugar Sugar Rune” (Moyoco Anno), “Children of the Sea” (Daisuke Igarashi), “Sennen Gaho” (Machiko Kyo), “Five Minutes From the Station” (Fusako Kuramochi), “Nodame Cantabile” (Tomoko Ninomiya), “Beck” (Harold Sakuishi), “No. 5” (Taiyo Matsumoto) and “The World God Only Knows” (Tamiki Wakaki). The successful run in Japan featured a novel approach to displaying these works that crossed the boundaries between manga and fine art.

Each story was retold through three-dimensional installations and collages.

The exhibition is now being held through Feb. 13 at the Artsonje Center in Seoul, where Japanese manga are already popular. After the Seoul showing, the exhibition will travel to the Penrith Regional Galley in a suburb of Sydney from April 16-June 26. After that, it moves to the Ayala Museum in Manila from Aug. 15-Oct. 1.

The overseas tour, which aims to promote contemporary Japanese culture in the Asia-Pacific region, was made possible by cooperation between the Japan Foundation, a government-affiliated organization, and the three museums.

The Japan Foundation works to promote international cultural exchange through arts and culture. Especially, it has recently focused on manga and anime, which have gained global recognition.

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