Friday, December 05, 2014

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Who can't associate Japan when hearing the word "manga"?
Manga is Japan. ^_^

Japanese manga has a wide following all over the world.
One of its proofs is the adaption of manga into tv series and movies in different countries.

An example of which is the huge hit in Asia - Hana Yori Dango.
(2001) Taiwan - Meteor Rain
(2005) Japan - Hana Yori Dango
(2009) Korea - Boys Over Flowers
(2009) China - Liu Xing Yu (unofficial adaptation)

Did you know that AstroBoy was a manga created after the war? ^_^

Mamyu and the museum
This museum was established through the partnership of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University. 
Opened on November 2006.
The site was the former Tatsuike Elementary School.

They own nearly 300,000 collections to boot. That's an amazing number.
You can find any manga author's work here.
These line the walls in the museum. Manga for different ages. 

Most of the visitors are students... still wearing their uniforms. ^_^ 
I saw one person wearing a cosplay costume.
If the weather permits, you can also read outside. Lie on the grass. 

If I live there, this place will be my hang-out place.
I can stay there for hours reading.
one of the reading areas.
There are also carpeted areas where one can just squat and read to your heart's content.
I just borrowed some photos because taking photographs is a no-no.
This is to protect the copyrighted works which, I believe, all of them are.

Took these 2 photos before noticing the "no taking of photos" signage. :D

near the entrance
Part of their collections is other countries' version of manga.
Philippines is part of it. We have our comics! woot! woot!
The last time I saw one was when I was still a kid (and that was ages ago. lol!). 
In our bukid, comics were being rented. If I remember it right, the story usually is horror. Hehehe.

The museum also holds seminars and workshops.
You can learn how to draw manga the traditional way.
Saw also computers installed which guides you have to make one digitally.

Apart from the regular exhibits, they also have special exhibits. There's additional payment for this.
We were lucky enough there was one when we went.
The theme of that manga art was the four seasons. Whew!
They were lovely. My hands were itching to take photos but I have to restrain myself.
museum guide
museum guide
Also, there are manga for sale. Translated into different languages.

Originally, this museum wasn't in our itinerary. I didn't know it existed.
Only found out when we got a Kyoto map from the airport.
My husband saw it and said we shouldn't miss this place.
Glad we did. Cool place. 
I've been an avid reader of one manga - Goong.

Mamyu is the offical mascot of Kyoto International Manga Museum.The trademarks of Mamyu are the manga pen coming out of its head, and the furoshiki(the wrapping cloth) on its back (it's full of comics from around the world!).The origin of its name are the first letters of [MAnga] and [MUseum].Mamyu is a manga specialist and will introduce you to interesting manga from the present and the past, the east and the west. - Kyoto International Manga Museum
museum's cafe
The highlight of our visit is when we had our manga-ish portrait. :D

The artist varies depending on their schedule. Ours is pretty Emiko.

click photo to enlarge

A few minutes walk from the Karasuma-Oike Subway Station
Fare: 210 Y (from Kyoto Station)

Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan
Tel: +81-75-254-7414

Visa: Japan
Visa: South Korea
South Korea: SEOUL
South Korea: BUSAN
      Book Alley in Bosu-dong
(near Busan) 
     Gyeongju: Bulguksa Temple 
South Korea: JEJU
Japan: OSAKA
Japan: KYOTO
     Manga Museum (this page)

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