Manga at the British Museum

29 September 2011 – 8 April 2012

Free
Room 91 (lobby)

An exclusive opportunity to see the original drawings from the manga series Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure.

Hoshino Yukinobu (b.1954) is the creator of Professor Munakata, one of Japan’s most famous manga characters. Millions of readers eagerly following his adventures in the fortnightly magazine, Big Comic.

Hoshino first visited the British Museum in 2009 and was inspired to work on a Professor Munakata mystery in the unique setting of the Museum. Japanese readers followed the series for five months, first published in Big Comic, before the thrilling mystery was bought to a close with a dramatic final scene that sees the Rosetta Stone in grave danger.

All ten episodes will now be published as a book in English by the British Museum Press, and to celebrate, Hoshino has lent the Museum his finished drawings (genga) and sketches and even two of his fude brush pens which he used to draw this adventure.

In this display you can see the development ofProfessor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure from conception to finished work. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to uncover the process of how the first British Museum manga was created.

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Sunday

Un messaggio molto breve per esprimere la mia gioia per questo ottimo fine settimana, Domenica in particolare. Tutto quello che volevo accadesse si e` realizzato. A presto.

A very short post to express my joy for this wonderful weekend, Sunday in particular. All I had wished for happened. See you later.

British Museum

La ragazza Giapponese con la quale sono andato al ristorante Coreano voleva visitare il British Museum e cosi` qualche giorno fa` ho deciso di accontentarla. Il British Museum e` uno dei posti piu` interessanti da visitare a Londra ed e` gratuito, cosa da non trascurare ma, a mio parere, non il posto migliore come ‘date’. La giornata comunque e` andata molto bene, ci siamo divertiti molto specialmente a fine serata nel pub. Prossimo incontro, molto presto.

The Japanese girl I recently met wanted to go to see the British Museum so few days ago we went there for a short visit, or better, second date. The British Museum is one of the best attraction in London and is free but, in my opinion, a Museum is not the an ideal place for a date with a pretty girl. However, we had good time especially in a pub after the visit. Next date, very soon.

Japan/Fashion: A Talk by Akiko Fukai

Another interesting event held at The Japan Foundation.

Japanese fashion has long been creating a buzz around the world with its unique form and aesthetics which provide a strong contrast to fashions in the West. The Japan Foundation has invited Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute and one of Japan’s most respected fashion historians, to talk about the power of Japanese fashion and its cultural context. Tracing back to the past, Ms Fukai will explore the sources and aesthetics which form the foundations of Japanese fashion, illustrating where Japanese contemporary fashion has come from and what it is today.

As well as complementing the recent Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery for which Fukai was the leading curator, this talk will provide an opportunity to discover and define the true beauty of contemporary Japanese fashion beyond Comme des Garçons or the kawaii trends on the streets of Tokyo.

Akiko Fukai’s talk will be followed by a conversation with Alison Moloney, Fashion Advisor to the British Council.

Booking is essential. Please email your name and those of your guests, as well as the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

The Japan Foundation, London – 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH http://www.jpf.org.uk

Goodbye Sanyo

Qualche giorno fa’ e’ stato annunciato che l’insegna pubblicitaria al neon di Sanyo, nella popolare piazza di Piccadilly Circus, verra presto spenta definitivamente (dopo molti anni)  per dare spazio a una nuova e piu’ moderna insegna al LED in ottica Olimpiadi. Addio Sanyo.

Few days ago it was announced that the popular neon Sanyo sign will be removed, after many years, for a new and more modern LED sign for the coming Olympic Games. Goodbye Sanyo.

Modern art in Marble Arch part 1

Vicino a Marble Arch sono esposte due sculture che come l’oggetto fotografato qualche giorno fa’ mi lasciano molto perplesso. Io non me ne intendo di arte pero’ quando vedo certe cose, da persona ignorante, non posso che pensare allo spreco di soldi ed al significato di certe opere. Spero un giorno qualcuno possa insegnarmi ad apprezzare o, almeno a capire, l’arte moderna.

Near Marble Arch there are exposed two sculptures that leave me puzzle as the object photographed few days ago. I don’t understand art and as ignorant person when I see such objects I can’t avoid to think about the money wasted and the meaning behind certain creations. I hope one day someone would be able to make me understand modern art and appreciate those sculptures.