Japan takes pride in its manga, or story comics, which are an original contribution to global culture. Numerous manga magazines are published every week and month, some aimed at elementary school children, some at teenagers, and some at grownups. Ten such magazines enjoy circulations exceeding one million. Often, visitors to the nation are surprised to see office workers reading on commuter trains, demonstrating the wide appeal of the art form.
Even in Japan, many parents used to frown upon manga publications, fearing they might adversely affect their children. Recently, however, numerous manga feature realistic stories and meticulously rendered psychological descriptions that are sophisticated enough to captivate adult readers. Many manga are also quite informative, providing expert knowledge in business, cooking, and the arts, for example.
From April 25 to June 27, 2019, Manga comics artist Kimiko Kamata’s artwork from her comic KATANA which features legendary anthropomorphized swords is on display with a special exhibition, “The Soul and Beauty of Japan’s Swords and Armor by Legendary Aritisans”.
Updated: 25 April, 2019