Doboku and Manga Exhibition



This exhibition reinterprets the worlds of manga and anime from the perspective of doboku (civil engineering), as well as imparting the fascination of civil engineering itself.

Exhibits include hypothetical construction blueprints and models of giant structures that are featured in Science Fiction manga and anime, accompanied by explanatory panels written by specialists about the civil engineering works that are nonchalantly drawn in the background of manga. You can also see valuable resources including signposts and road signs used on actual highways, and Kyoto city manholes made in 1913.

During the exhibition period the Manga Museum café will be offering a special civil engineering themed menu. Why not visit the astounding world of civil engineering through manga and anime?

Period March 3 - May 20, 2016
◇10am - 6pm (Admission to the museum is until 5:30pm)
◇Closed: Wednesdays *Except for 5/4
Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum, 2F Gallery 6

* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.


  • Manga and approximately 15 related publications including the civil engineering themed Dobo-Jo! (Matsumoto Koyume / Kodansha Comics Plus) and Saikyou densetsu kurosawa (Fukumoto Nobuyuki / Shogakukan).
    N.B.: Publications will be available to touch and read (with some exceptions).
  • 9 panels introducing examples of fantasy structures from manga designed using civil engineering techniques.


    1. Aircraft hanger blueprints and model from Mazinger Z.
    2. Jaburo military complex and Acguy Dome models from Mobile Suite Gundam.
    3. Yamato ship dock schematic diagram from Space Battleship Yamato 2199.
    4. Special limited screening of Maeda Construction Fantasy Marketing Department by Kyoto based group The Europe Project.

  • 12 panels written by a civil engineer explaining engineering works featured in the background scenery of Golgo 13 (Saito Takao / Shogakukan).
  • Exhibits of signposts and road signs from actual highways, and Kyoto city manholes made in 1913, etc.

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Related Event

Talk Event "Doboku Café"

Ohyama Ken an instigator of the recent civil engineering boom and author of the photobooks Kojo moe (Factory love), Danchi no miken (Apartment complex visual study), and Junction, will be joined by Takahashi Yoshikazu, the Chairman of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Kansai Chapter, to talk about the unexpected relationship between civil engineering and manga.

Date April 10, 2016, 2pm-4pm
Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F, Multi-purpose hall
Presenters Ohyama Ken (Photographer, writer)
Takahashi Yoshikazu (Kyoto University Associate Professor, Chairman of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Kansai Chapter)

Free * However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.

Capacity 100 people (on a first come basis)
How to participate No pre-registration required
* Numbered tickets will be distributed in the museum from 10 am.


A special civil engineering themed menu will be on offer in our affiliated Museum Café MM.

Helmet Rice Omelet 
1,000 yen

Under Construction! Cement Pudding 
400 yen

Crunchy Gravel Cocoa 
400 yen

Please note that the schedule, performers, and contents are subject to change.

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