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The Citi Manga Exhibition: Programme of Events

Thursday 23 May 2019 – Monday 26 Aug 2019

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The British Museum has organised an extensive programme of events surrounding the upcoming Manga exhibition.

The Citi Exhibition Manga was curated by our Research Director Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, alongside our Senior Digital Humanities Officer Dr Ryoko Matsuba, and Dr Hiromi Uchida.


Manga: colour and style Fri 5 Jul, 18.00–21.30 Celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design, this event includes manga drawing workshops with award-winning manga artist Kutsuwada Chie, music performances by Ichikawa Hibiki and DJ Takaki and a sake tasting. It will also feature a manga-inspired fashion show by students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) and Japanese fashion legend, Kansai Yamamoto (pictured). Yamamoto will be in conversation with Grayson Perry on the night (see online for details). Japanese food and drink will be available to purchase in the Great Court. Presented in collaboration with Japan House, Arts SU and UAL students. Free, just drop in. Details here.


An introduction to Japanese for beginners Fri 7 June – Fri 28 June (4 weekly sessions, 17.30–20.15) Fri 5 Jul – Friday 26 Jul (4 weekly sessions, 17.30–20.15) Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture by embarking on a four week Japanese language course presented in collaboration with City Lit. £129 (£103) Book online at or call: 020 7831 7831 Details

Manga drawing 101: a practical introduction Sat 20 Jul, 10.30–16.30 Join professional manga artist Kutsuwada Chie for a day-long practical introduction to drawing Japanese manga. Ticket price includes refreshments, materials and entry to the Citi exhibition Manga throughout the day. £35 (£30) Details/bookings here.

Lunchtime Lectures

Curator’s introduction to the Citi exhibition Manga Sat 1 Jun, 13.30–14.30 Uchida Hiromi, Matsuba Ryoko and Nicole Rousmaniere give an introduction to the exhibition. Includes live subtitles (LS) for deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members. Free, booking essential

Hokusai as the father of modern manga: facts and fictionsThu 6 Jun, 13.30–14.30 What are the origins of manga? Is the Great Wave print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) the first example? A key work in Hokusai’s career was Hokusai Manga, a series of 15 printed volumes of his ‘random sketches’. But did the term manga mean the same as it does now? Tim Clark, co-curator of the 2017 exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, sifts the evidence. Free, booking essential Marie Duval: a female cartoonist in Victorian England Thu 13 Jun, 13.30–14.30 Roger Sabin, author and Professor of Popular Culture at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London discusses Duval’s life and works. Free, booking essential

The manga helping Syrian children dream Thu 20 Jun, 13.30–14.30 Kassoumah Obada grew up with his friends in Syria watching the popular anime Captain Tsubasa and dreaming of becoming a professional football player. He is now translating the Captain Tsubasa manga into his native Arabic. His translations are being distributed in Syrian refugee camps and proving a huge hit. Free, booking essential

From manga to Mangasia: the bigger picture Sun 30 June, 14.30–15.30 There’s much more to Asian comics than manga. Widen your horizons with international comics expert Paul Gravett (pictured) as he examines the unique factors which have helped to make Japan the home of the most dynamic and influential comics culture in Asia. He also positions manga in its wider Asian context, revealing the fascinating connections and contrasts between the medium’s diverse forms across the continent. Followed by signing of Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics. Free, booking essential

The art of Osamu Tezuka: God of manga Thu 11 Jul, 13.30–14.30 A lunchtime lecture about Osamu Tezuka by Helen McCarthy, author of The Anime Movie Guide. Tezuka made his debut as a professional manga artist in January 1946, and became a superstar a year later with the publication of his first longform comic New Treasure Island (Shin Takarajima). Find out how Tezuka helped to drive the postwar revival of manga and the development of the Japanese comic into a global phenomenon. Free, booking essential

Curator’s introduction to the Citi exhibition Manga Thu 1 Aug, 13.30–14.30 Uchida Hiromi, Matsuba Ryoko and Nicole Rousmaniere give an introduction to the exhibition. The event on Thursday 1 August includes live subtitles (LS) for deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members. Free, booking essential

Manga before manga: visual storytelling in Japanese art Wed 15 May, 13.15–14.00 With Alfred Haft, British Museum. Free, just drop in

Introduction to the Japanese galleries Wed 5 Jun, 13.15–14.00 With Uchida Hiromi, British Museum. Free, just drop in

Mounting Japanese prints Tue 25 Jun, 13.15–14.00 With David Green, British Museum. Free, just drop in

Works on paper in the Japan galleries Tue 16 Jul, 13.15–14.00 A gallery talk by Matsuba Ryoko, British Museum. Free, just drop in

From Victorian adventurer to manga heroine: the Japanese journey of Isabella Lucy Bird Fri 2 Aug, 13.15–14.00 With Helen McCarthy author of The Anime Movie Guide and Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. Free, just drop in


Marvellous manga Tue 28 May – Fri 31 May Explore, discover, listen and make this half term! Activities are held in the Great Court and Galleries from 11.00–16.00. Free, drop in

Under 5s

For under 5s, parents and carers. Free, just drop in

Little feet: create a comic Fri 3 May, 10.30–12.00 Be inspired by the Citi exhibition Manga to help create a giant comic page – and try your hand at mark making and bold lettering. Details

Little feet: exhibition explorer Mon 10 Jun, 10.30–12.00 Discover the magical world of manga in this exhibition-based session. Immerse yourself in a rainbow of colours and create a memento to take home.

Little feet: tell a story Mon 22 July, 10.30–12.00 Everyone loves a good story. In this session you’ll explore manga, join in with storytelling and create your own props to take home. Details

Little feet: exhibition explorer Tue 6 August, 10.30–12.00 Discover the exciting characters in the world of manga. Explore the exhibition, try your hand at dressing up and make a mask. Details


Booking essential for all access events, email:£7.50 (Members/access companions free)

Live description tour of the exhibition Sat 8 Jun, 15.30–17.15 Join Lonny Evans for this live description tour of the exhibition.

Deaf-led BSL tour of the exhibition Fri 21 Jun, 18.15–19.45 Join BSL art guide Chisato Minamimura for this deaf-led tour of exhibition highlights. In BSL, no voice-over.

Deaf-led BSL creative workshop Sat 6 Jul, 14.30–17.30 Minamimura leads a deaf-led introduction to and creative workshop inspired by the exhibition. In BSL, no voice-over. Includes access to the exhibition but not a tour.

Live description tour of the exhibition Thu 11 Jul, 15.30–17.15 Join Lonny Evans for this live description tour of the exhibition.

Evening Talks

How manga can change the world: Captain Tsubasa in conversation Fri 24 May, 18.30–20.00 Acclaimed manga artist Takahashi Yoichi creator of the football-themed sensation Captain Tsubasa and exhibition curator Nicole Rousmaniere discuss the global impact Yoichi’s artwork has had over the past four decades – from popularising football in Japan in the 1980s, to inspiring Syrian refugee children. The panel also includes leading manga editor Suzuki Haruhiko. Presented in collaboration with Japan House. £8 (£6) Details/booking here.

What makes a good manga artist? Fri 14 Jun, 18.30–20.00 Renowned manga editor Nakaguma Ichirō, curator Nicole Rousmaniere, award-winning British manga artist Shangomola Edunjobi (pictured) and other special guests discuss the importance of human expression and rights in the creation of manga, as well as questioning ‘what makes a good manga artist?’ Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan. £8 (£6) Details/booking here.

All the world’s a comic: storytelling through pictures Fri 26 Jul, 18.30–20.00 Human history is full of examples of comic book-style storytelling, where scrolling and sequential narratives are used to tell epic stories. From the lion hunt reliefs of ancient Mesopotamia to prehistoric cave paintings that could be considered the original precursor of manga, humans have long used pictures to communicate their greatest stories. This phenomenon is charted in this panel discussion, chaired by international comics expert Paul Gravett, with curators from across the Museum and guest artists. £8 (£6) Details/booking here.

Studio Ghibli Film Season

A special film season presented in collaboration with Time Out and Japan House. Screenings include a Q&A with anime experts, recorded for the podcast Ghibliotheque, and a glass of sake. Courtesy of StudioCanal. Booking details to be confirmed.

My Neighbour Totoro Fri 21 Jun, 18.30–21.00 This acclaimed tale follows two sisters settling into an old country house as their mother recovers from an illness. As they explore their home, they encounter playful spirits, most notably Totoro. Followed by Q&A with curator Nicole Rousmaniere and anime expert Helen McCarthy. Director: Miyazaki Hayao. Japan, 1988, 100 mins. Cert. PG £15 (£12)

Pom Poko (1994) Fri 5 Jul, 19.30–22.00 Follow the mythical tanuki’s battle to save their forest home from development. Followed by Q&A with Director of Programming at Japan House, Simon Wright, and curator Matsuba Ryoko. Director: Takahata Isao. Japan, 1994, 120 mins. Cert. PG £12.50 (£11)

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) Fri 2 Aug, 18.30–21.15 A tiny nymph found inside a bamboo stalk grows into a beautiful and desirable young woman, who orders her suitors to prove their love by completing a series of near-impossible tasks. Followed by a Q&A with author of Anime: A Critical Introduction, Rayna Denison, artist Hosono Hitomi and Museum curator Nicole Rousmaniere. Director: Takahata Isao. Japan, 2013, 140 mins. Cert. U £12.50 (£11)

The Wind Rises (2013) Fri 9 Aug, 18.30–21.00 A fascinating look at the life of Horikoshi Jiro, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during the Second World War. Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful aeroplanes. Unable to become a pilot due to his eyesight, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished aeroplane designers. Followed by a Q&A with Telegraph film critic Robbie Collin and Museum curator Uchida Hiromi. Director: Miyazaki Hayao. Japan, 2014, 126 mins Cert. PG £12.50 (£11)

Image: Konami Kanata (b. 1958) Chi’s Sweet Home (2004 – 2015) © Konami Kanata/Kodansha Ltd.