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Shojo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics
19 March 2016 – 12 June 2016| £7.00
House Of Illustration present the a major exhibition of Japanese shojo (girls’) manga in the UK.
The exhibition introduces the world of Japanese “shojo” (girls’) manga.
Japan’s shojo manga culture dates back to the post-war years, but only evolved into its broad-ranging and hugely-popular form of today as a result of the innovative work of a small group of artists in the 1970s.
Shojo Manga: Exhibition features the work of 3 women artists.
AKIKO HATSU works full time as a manga artist. She is deeply steeped in Japanese tradition, having worked on comic versions of work by authors such as Kyoka Izumi, and nowadays working on serialisations such as “Dreams of Uryudo” which expand on her unique worldview. Her stories are set not only in beautiful Japan but also in the UK and her work, drawing on both East and West, has the potential to be widely appreciated here.
KEIKO TAKEMIYA. The 1970s were known as a turning point in the history of shojo manga, when artists such as Takemiya emerged on the scene turning what had previously been seen as a “low” form of manga into a cultural genre to rival literature. She published many shojo manga exploring new themes such as young homosexual love (“The Poem of Wind and Trees”) and science fiction (“To Terra”.
YUKIKO KAI was part of the wave of innovative manga artists working in Japan in the 1970s as well as one of the driving forces behind that wave. Her work covers a range of themes from science fiction fantasy through to romantic tales set outside of Japan as well as strongly Japanese creations themed around Noh theatre. Her drawing skills make her a noted artist and she was appreciated particularly by other manga artists. Tragically she died at the age of 26 and as a result only short story versions of her work remain. Their beauty, however, is truly worth being communicated outside of Japan.
In association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Illustration: A detail from an illustration by Keiko Takemiya.