Japan Foundation International Traveling Exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga”

From October 24th to November 3rd, the Embassy of Japan’s Information and Culture Centre hosted an exhibition entitled “Manga Hokusai Manga – Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics” in collaboration with the Japan Foundation. This travelling exhibition has been held in 19 cities in 13 countries since 2016, and Ottawa was the first city to present it in Canada.
 
In light of the global proliferation of Japan’s contemporary comics, the series Hokusai Manga created in the 19th-century is attracting interest and is even regarded as the origin of today’s manga. In this exhibition, this “Hokusai Manga = origin of today’s manga” theory is examined from various viewpoints. A group of new works by seven contemporary manga artists based on the theme of Hokusai and his manga were also displayed.
 
In his remarks at the opening ceremony on October 24th, Ambassador Ishikane said that learning more about Japanese and Canadian art and culture is essential in order to understand each other on a deeper level, and he hopes that this exhibit will inspire visitors to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. Then Mr. Masahiro Saito, Director of the Japan Foundation Toronto, delivered his remarks and he thanked the Embassy for their cooperation.
 
About 530 people visited this exhibition and they rediscovered a fascination with Hokusai and deepened their understanding of Japan.
 
Ambassador Ishikane delivering his opening remarks Mr. Saito, Director of the Japan Foundation Toronto giving his remarks
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