Exhibitions & EventsGIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN -a catalog of manga symbols by KONO FUMIYO

10 years after “In This Corner of the World”

GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN -a catalog of manga symbols by KONO FUMIYO

2018/11/22(Thu) 〜 2019/4/2(Tue) 

The Kyoto International Manga Museum is honored to hold an exhibition to introduce “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” (Asahi Shimbun Publications) created by Kono Fumiyo, who is known for “In This Corner of the World” and more.
In the manga, manga symbols, also called mampu in Japanese, are explained by using modernized characters of Choju jimbutsu giga*, one of the national treasures that the “Tera (temple) town=Kyoto”, is very proud of. This exhibition showcases precious original drawings of the manga and it also explains the world of mampu in detail.
*“Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans” emakimono (picture scrolls) from 12th or 13th century, collected by Kosan-ji temple.

  • 1. Know the world of “Mampu”
    People who live in Japan, which is overflowing with manga in everyday life, understand mampu and freely use them as a communication tool, even though no one has taught them how. At the exhibition, 10 pieces of well-known mampu that are also introduced in the manga “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” will be explained in detail with some examples of other manga/comics from all ages and countries.
  • 2. Savor the original manga drawings
    “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” interprets each mampu with a 4-panel manga on a page. Kono Fumiyo, the author, is an innovative manga artist who always experiments with different drawing styles and materials depending on the theme of the manga. Savoring lively strokes on the original drawings will be a very good chance to discover her experiments.
  • 3. Drawings specially made for the exhibition
    Kono made drawings specially for the exhibition which you only can see at the exhibition venue.

About the exhibition original goods
Original goods for the exhibition will be sold at the museum shop!
*Tax included in prices





Masking tape ¥450/each

Toilet paper ¥500

Japanese towel ¥864

A set of clear files ¥756(2 files in a set)

A set of postcards ¥540(4 cards in a set)

Kono Fumiyo
Born in Hiroshima in 1968. She made her debut with “Machikado Hana dayori” in 1995. In 2005, she won the 9th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Creative award) and the 8 th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga award with “Yunagi no machi, sakura no kuni (Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms)”. The same title has also been made into a movie and a TV series. She also got the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga award (Excellence award) with another manga of hers titled “Kono sekai no katasumini (In This Corner of the World)”, that delicately portrays daily life in Kure city in Hiroshima prefecture during the pacific war. An animated film based on the manga (directed by Katabuchi Sunao) has also impressed various audiences. Some of the original drawings of the manga were showcased at the exhibition “Manga and War” at the Manga Museum.
There are many other brilliant works such as “Nagai michi” and “Kokko-san”, which describe daily life in a humorous way, “Heibon club” and “Borupen (Ballpoint pen) Kojiki” that show experimental visual expressions and more.

From “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” ©Kono Fumiyo/Asahi Shimbun Publications

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

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