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.
Kono Fumiyo × Takemiya Keiko:
Beyond “theories of manga expression”
Date and Time：2019.2.9［Sat］ 14：00～16：00
“Discovery” and analysis of mampu is an important source for “theories of manga expression” that have helped manga research to move forward after 1990. Though the two artists have not met before, Kono Fumiyo and Takemiya Keiko are going to complement this research field or make a formal objection to it, as they have expertise about such expressions in manga from their work as educators.
2018/11/26 Inside the venue 2☆
Ta-dah! So exhibition venue became such a fun site as you can see! You should come and see those rare original manuscripts too!
2018/11/10 Inside the venue☆
Take a little peek of the exhibition! It's starting to look good♥WAKU o(^o^)o WAKU♥
2018/11/10 The secret of flyer
See through flyer using tracing paper is printed from both side to complete a 4 panels manga.
2018/11/10 Starting from November 22!!
Finally the exhibition "GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN" is starting from 22nd! These are the designs for poster(left) and flyer(right)♥
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. There are also photo areas where you can physically enjoy mampu.
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No photography is allowed at Kyoto International Manga Museum, for the most part.
However, you are allowed to take pictures at the exhibition rooms of “GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN” (Galleries 1, 2 and 3).
“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.
Kono made drawing specially for the exhibition which you only can see at the exhibition venue.
Let’s search for and bring manga that has some of the manga symbols showcased at this exhibition from the museum shelves. Then, let’s make a “collection of the manga symbols” together!
- ＜How to do it＞
- 1. Search for and bring manga that has one of those 10 manga symbols showcased in this room from the museum shelves.
- 2. Put a post-it note, that has a manga symbol on it, on the page that you can find the manga symbol. (Please make sure to put only one post-it per book.)
- 3. Put the book(s) on the book shelves with the corresponding manga symbol on it.
①State of Shirome (white eyes)
②State of being traumatized
③Being astonished and disgusted. Considered to be a parody of ②
Come and try to make original “mampu” (manga symbols) with us. Some funny mampu could be used by professional manga artists and live on in history?!
- ＜How to do it＞
- 1. Please draw your original mampu (symbol) and write the explanation on the worksheet prepared here. There are two sections: the theme section and free section.
- 2. When you are done, please hang it on the wall.
We have made some special goods that you can buy only at the Kyoto International Manga Museum for this exhibition. Please do not miss your chance!
Mampu T-shirt (NINJA INK)
A set of postcards
(4 cards in a set)
A set of clear files
(2 files in a set)
Drawing specially made for the exhibition
Postcard is one design only
※Prices are all tax included.
※The goods could look different from the images above.
- GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN -a catalog of manga symbols by KONO FUMIYO
- November 22, 2018［Thu］～April 2, 2019［Tue］
- Open hours
- 10:00 – 18:00 (Admission until 17:30)
- Every Wednesday, December 26, 2018–January 4, 2019 and February 4–8, 2019
- Kyoto International Manga Museum 2F Gallery 1, 2 and 3
（Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan）
- Kyoto International Manga Museum / Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center
- Asahi Shimbun Publications
- Kyoto International Manga Museum
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.