Kyoto International Manga Museum
The art of manga, most commonly exhibited in comics and magazines, has become extremely popular in Japan. The art form originated from “kamishibai” performances intended to spread Buddhism as early as the 12th Century; but the graphics and images we associate with it today developed over the course of the 20th Century. This museum in central Kyoto is one of the best places in the country to learn about this unique art form.
The majority of the museum is dedicated to extensive displays of Japanese manga. There are three floors of manga works of different styles and from different creators, an unrivalled collection and fascinating for visitors to discover its broad appeal. Foreign collections offer examples of manga exported to other countries and produced in different languages. Chairs and sofas offer opportunities to relax, so visitors can browse the collections at leisure!
In addition to displays of manga, a helpful exhibit traces its history and development, its social influences, and the evolution from comics to TV and film media. Profiles as well of some of the leading artists and developers are included in the exhibit. Explanations are offered in Japanese and English.
In the manga studio, artists create live manga drawings, and there are sometimes even manga costumed productions! Check for special exhibits on the website.