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The Art of Manga

Time and Location

Monday, February 19th, 2024 at 20:00 (EST)
Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at 10:00 (JST)



Ito Ippei, an early manga critic in postwar Japan, characterized manga as an art form with the strongest connection to the public compared to other art forms. Ito’s assertion from the 1950s still holds true today, and as the international market for manga has expanded, its influence has extended beyond Japan to a global audience. This raises questions about how manga established such a close relationship with its readers and became a representative of Japanese popular culture worldwide.

To explore these inquiries and underscore the significance of manga, this presentation will delve into key developmental periods, including the Meiji era cartoon, postwar comics, and the evolving publication formats since the 1970s. This contextual analysis aims to provide insights into the cultural phenomenon of Japanese manga.

Questions are encouraged during the live event. Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

David Yamato is a lecturer at the Kansai Gaidai University Asian Studies program. He is also a researcher researching the history of manga and contemporary Japanese art at the Kyoto Seika University Manga Department under a Japanese government grant from the Ministry of Education. Besides his research work on Japanese art history, David is also an artist who teaches studio art courses to exchange students to Japan on how to create manga.

This event will be recorded and archived on YCAPS’ YouTube channel (Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies – YouTube)

For more information, visit: The Art of Manga, Know Japan – YCAPS (series webpage)

This event is supported through the Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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