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January 5th (Tue) -January 24th (Sun) 2021 3rd term
“GIGA MANGA: From Edo Giga to Modern Manga”
Image : Kawanabe Kyōsai / One Hundred Pictures by Kyōsai: “A Bolt from the Blue” “Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove Strike from the Bushes”, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University / Kyoto International Manga Museum collection

Exhibition Concept
Today, the Japanese word "manga" has come to be used all over the world. There are a number of different theories regarding its origin. In this exhibition suggests that giga, a form of caricature from the Edo Period (1603-1868), provided the starting point for what is now known as manga.
Ukiyo-e giga deal with a wide range of subjects - sometimes in a comical way, other times in a critical manner. These included the reformation of the shogunate, the turbulent era at the end of the Edo Period, modernization, social contradictions and incidents, and common people's lives.
The Meiji Period (1868-1912) saw the emergence of modern journalism in newspapers, magazines, and other outlets. This was accompanied by a shift from giga to illustrations, which in time morphed into manga. Ultimately, this resulted in the publication of manga magazines, establishing the form as a new type of pictorial expression with widespread public appeal. In this exhibition we trace the vicissitudes of Japanese manga from ukiyo-e prints of the Edo era to satirical manga magazines of the Meiji and Taishō Periods, and children's comics from the World War II era.

Admission Fees
Adults ¥1200
H.S / Univ. Students / 65 and over ¥900
J.H.S Students / Disabled peoples ¥400
Elementary school students Free

Katsushika Hokusai/Hokusai Manga [Sketches by Hokusai], Vol.3 (Meiji Edition): “Sparrow Dance” [Folk Dance], The Sumida Hokusai Museum Collection ( All term )
Utagawa Kuniyoshi/Ukiyo: World of“Yoshi” (1st term), Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center and the Kyoto International Manga Museum Collection

Address2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Business Hour*19:30 to 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Closed*2Mondays (the following day if it is a national holiday) and the New Year's holiday
Genre*3Collection of works by Katsushika Hokusai and his disciples
Entrance Fee*4Adults ¥400, University and High School Students and Seniors over 65 ¥300
Access*55 minutes walk from exit A3 at Toei Ryogoku(E12) Station,9 minute walk from JR Ryogoku(JB21) Station East exit
Collection Pagehttps://hokusai-museum.jp/gigamanga/
*1 The last day of an exhibition or event may end early. *2 There are also end-of-year and temporary closures *3 Blanks refer to all genres. *4 Admission prices may vary depending on the event. Check for senior citizens, children and group discounts.*5 The times shown are approximate.

Shōsei and Tōfūjin "The Adventures of Shō-chan" Vol. 2, Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center and the Kyoto International Manga Museum Collection.
inside Photo by Yosuke Owashi

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