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Japan Foundation Manila and the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines introduces "Tracing the Origins of Manga: Manga Hokusai Manga" at Ateneo Art Gallery.  The exhibition introduces the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoys global popularity, and Katsushika Hokusai’s manga. besides the exhibit you can also learn how to be a manga artist yourself for free.

Tracing the Origins of Manga: Manga Hokusai Manga Overview

Katsushika Hokusai
Hokusai Manga, 11

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), best known for the woodblock print titled The Great Wave, called his collection of printed drawings “manga.” Hokusai Manga contains an assortment of drawings varying in subject matter—from the humorous to the prosaic and instructional. This pictorial compendium is often associated with the origins of contemporary manga for its storytelling and visualization of movement. Over 200 years after its first volume was published, it continues to captivate people worldwide.

 Haruko Ichikawa
Summer Fields
© Haruko Ichikawa

Manga Hokusai Manga approaches Hokusai Manga from the perspective of contemporary Japanese comics. The exhibition begins with six images of Hokusai from 1970’s manga, when Hokusai’s personality and eventful life became a source of inspiration for manga artists, and ends with seven original works made by contemporary manga artists specifically for this exhibition. Responding to the formal aspects of Hokusai Manga and the fascination with its creator, these contemporary works provide an insight into the constantly evolving expressions of manga and the directions it will take in the future.

Prior to its exhibition in the Philippines at Ateneo Art Gallery, it has been shown in countries such as Italy, Belgium, Ireland and Vietnam. The exhibition in the Philippines will feature a reading corner, with the latest and classic manga from the Japan Foundation library.


Kazuo Kamimura
Hinako Sugiura

Gallery Hours and Details

"Tracing the Origins of Manga: Manga Hokusai Manga" will be exhibited at the Ateneo Art Gallery from June 17 to July 28, 2017.  Museum hours will be from 8:00am to 7:30pm, Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday.  It will be closed during Sundays and holidays.

Ateneo Art Gallery is located at Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

You can reach them via the following:

Telephone:  426-6488 
E-mail:  aag@ateneo.edu
Facebook:  facebook.com/ateneoartgallery
Website: ateneoartgallery.org

Lectures and Activities

Exhibiting Manga: Intentions, Difficulties, and Potentials
A lecture by Dr. Jaqueline Berndt | Director of the Exhibition and
Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University
30 June 2017 | Friday
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Making Manga: Basic Manga Creative Process Workshop
A workshop by Tintin Pantoja of Comic School Manila
15 July 2017 | Saturday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is a basic class open from ages 12 to above and it is for free.  Aside from that materials will also be provided.

Manga and the 'Manga-esque': Shifting Definitions and Perspectives
A lecture by Dr. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua | Director of the Japanese Studies Program and Assistant Professor of the Department of History
20 July 2017 | Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Both lectures and the workshop will be held at the Natividad Galang Fajardo Room, Dela Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. Limited seats available in all events. Please email aag@ateneo.edu for reservations.  

Remeber that admission to exhibition and events is FREE OF CHARGE.

Use the hashtags #mangahokusaimanga or #mangahokusai

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