Japanese comic books to exhibit in Hanoi

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An exhibition of Japanese comics and print cartoons (aka manga) will take place in the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi on May 18 to June 16.


The event features Japan's nine most outstanding cartoonists and their original drawings since 2000.


They include Matsumoto Taiyo's "Number Five", "The World God Only Knows" by Wakaki Tamiki, "Sugar Sugar Rune" of Anno Moyoco, Asano Inio's "Solanin", Harold Sakuishi's "BECK", "Nodame Cantabile" by Ninomiya Tomoko, "Children of the Sea of Igarashi Daisuke", Kyo Machiko's "Sennen Gaho" and "Five Minutes from the Station" by Kuramochi Fusako. All have not yet been officially translated and published in Vietnam.


The exhibition will also highlight a background of Japan's modern comic industry which was founded shortly after World War II, as well as focus on the specific world in manga with three dimensions, and the author's experiences during their working time.


In Japan, people of all ages read comics, and the art constituted an annual US$3.6 billion publication industry by 2007. Recently, the comic industry has expanded worldwide, where distribution companies license and reprint comics into their native languages.


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