Today, manga from Japan are translated into countless languages and distributed all over the world. In fact, in 2007, Japanese manga represented 70% of the total amount of comics sold in Germany that year. But the history of manga in Japan goes back much further than the 1990s when they first hit the international market. This exhibition explores the cultural connection between modern manga and Edo giga, an art form popular during the Edo period and often presented as the predecessor of manga. How has it evolved since then and what traces of giga remain in modern manga? A great exhibition to add to your list if you love all things history and pop culture.
Image: Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Ukiyo: World of“Yoshi” (1st term), from the Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center and the Kyoto International Manga Museum Collection
Sumida Hokusai Museum
2 Chome-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida City, Tokyo