Issue 26 May 2019

Dear Friends,  Welcome to the first issue of our new-format e-magazine. We listened to your feedback and the e-magazine will now be sent out more regularly, once every two months. Cultural ties between the two countries are currently being celebrated through the Japan-UK Season of Culture, and a highlight of this will be the Manga exhibition, which opens at the British Museum later this month. It will be the largest exhibition of manga to take place outside of Japan, and it is curated by the Sainsbury Institute’s Research Director Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Senior Digital Humanities Officer Dr Ryoko Matsuba, so the theme of this month’s issue is manga. […]

Manga at the British Museum: One week since opening

Just over a week ago on 23 May, the Citi exhibition Manga opened at the British Museum, and will be running until 26 August 2019. At a private viewing before the exhibition speeches were given including by His Excellency Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the UK, who described his own personal love for manga and let the audience know that Emperor Naruhito is aware of the exhibition taking place. The photo below shows Ambassador Tsuruoka (second from right), with Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (right) and much acclaimed manga artist Hagio Moto (second from left), who went on to do a series of events later in the week at […]

From the Curator: Manga at the British Museum

Down the rabbit hole Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865 Manga is visual storytelling This exhibition marks an exciting new departure for the British Museum. From 23 May to 26 August 2019 the largest exhibition of manga ever held outside of Japan is coming to the Sainsbury Exhibition Galleries. Japanese comic books or graphic […]