Works from Thailand, China and Israel among manga on display at Kyoto museum
An exhibition marking the 15th anniversary of the government-sponsored Japan International Manga Prize for Foreign Cartoonists is being held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum in Kyoto, showcasing the works of each of the 15 winners so far.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to pick up and view the works, which are in their original language, at the event which will run until March 28.
A world map listing the titles and authors of the exhibited works is installed on the site of the Kyoto International Manga Museum.
The prize, with a Golden Award given for the best work of the year as well as silver and bronze awards, was launched in 2007 to promote Japan’s manga culture. The selection committee includes Japanese mangakas such as Machiko Satonaka and former editors.
Last year, the 15th award received a record 484 nominations from 76 countries and regions.
Among the Gold Award winners, three were from Thailand, followed by two from China, Hong Kong and Israel, and one from France, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Colombia and Mongolia. A work was co-written by Spanish and American artists.
The first recipient was Lee Chi Ching from Hong Kong who portrayed the life of Sun Zi, an ancient Chinese general who is credited as the author of “The Art of War”.
Nambaral Erdenebayar from Mongolia received the eighth prize with a story of the bonds between a nomadic mother and her son.
The final winning play, “Days of Sand” by Aimee de Jongh from the Netherlands, features the struggles of a real-life photographer who tried to convey the suffering of farmers during the Great Depression in the United States.
The photo shows “Days of Sand” which won the 15th Golden Award.
Themes of other works include sports and love.
“Even if you don’t understand the words, you can just look at the pictures,” said a museum staff member.
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