Japan brings 'Kingdom of characters' to Vietnam

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A special exhibition featuring Japan's world-known anime and manga characters will take place in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City from October to December.


The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam said "JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters" will feature anime and manga creations that in recent years have instituted a subcuture attracting worldwide attention.


It will include standing figures, panels, and DVDs of all stars from  1950s to 2000, including Astro Boy, Ultraman, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Pokemon, Haruhi Suzumura,  Sentokun, Hikonyan and Namisuke.


Organizers said the exhibition will try to answer several questions, including: What exactly is a character? Why are they so popular? What kind of society do these characters reflect and what kind of influence do they exert on that society? Where is Japanese character culture headed?

It would also introduce the intimate relationship between characters and Japanese people.


In addition, "JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters" is expected to offer an opportunity to visitors to gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical background behind the Japanese love of characters as well as the future of characters in contemporary Japan.


"Used unhesitatingly by both Japanese adults and children in private and public areas, the characters have become a part of the country's daily landscape. Some of them are printed on bank passbooks and train commutation passes, and as indicated by the regular and seemingly natural presence of stuffed mascots at local police boxes, they have permeated everyday life in Japan to a degree that would be unthinkable in most other countries," organizers said in a press release.


This exhibition is first being taking place at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi from Oct 6 -23, then move to Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hue from Nov 2-13, and finally at Ho Chi Minh City Museum in Ho Chi Minh City from on Nov 25 to Dec 4.


Admission is free.


Vietnam University of Fine Arts is located on 42 Yet Kieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hue on 7 Le Loi street, Hue town; and the Ho Chi Minh City Museum on 92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, HCMC.


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