Panasonic's 2019 Special Exhibition "SPORTS x MANGA" Coming Soon.
©Ikki Kajiwara, Noboru Kawasaki/Kodansha ©Asao Takamori, Tetsuya Chiba/Kodansha ©Mitsuru Adachi/Shogakukan
©Naoki Urasawa, Studio Nuts/Shogakukan ©Yoichi Takahashi/Shueisha ©Tadatoshi Fujimaki/Shueisha ©Takehiko Inoue/Shueisha
©2018 I.T.Planning, Inc., Paralympic Jump Vol. 2/Shueisha
"Manga" has become one of Japan's most popular art form in today's modern culture and is growing event bigger worldwide.
The diversity and richness of expression "Manga" holds, has been one true inspiration for nowadays Japanese Media Art, and has helped contribute to the expansion of a wider audience toward Japanese culture in Japan and on the international scene.
The Panasonic Center Tokyo, as part of the preparations toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, welcomes you to its special exhibition themed on "Manga" and "Sports".
The exhibition introduces you from a sociocultural perspective, how the world of sports has influenced the genre called "Sports Manga" over the years, and how "Manga" has been a great influencer in promoting the popularity of sports all around the world.
"Sports x Manga" represents the 5th round of special exhibitions produced by Panasonic as part of the "Let's Build TOKYO Together" program toward 2020. The exhibition showcases the history and spirit of "Sports Manga" and gives you the opportunity to experience from new entertaining perspectives the true beauty of "Sports" and "Manga" with Panasonic's latest technologies.
The exhibition built on the road to 2020, also represents a unique collaboration of Japan's major Manga publishers, Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan to collaborate all together for the first time in the history of manga exhibitions in Japan.
Also, to highlight the impact "Manga" has worldwide, the artistic presentation of the exhibition has been created in collaboration with Angoulême International Comics Festival's production team, Europe's largest manga exhibition held every year in France.
With " Sports x Manga", Panasonic is proud to support the creation of a cultural bridge for the Olympic and Paralympic movement from the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games to the Paris 2024 Summer Games and beyond.
A variety of events related to "Manga" and "Sports" will be held during the exhibition period. From more information, check our "Event" page.
Please feel free to come and see the exhibition!
["Let's Build Tokyo Together" Special Exhibition "SPORTS x MANGA" Overview]
Saturday, July 13 - Sunday, September 29
* Closed on Mondays (except on July 15, September 16)
Open: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last admission: 5:45 p.m.)
Venue: Panasonic Center Tokyo (3-5-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Entry: Open to the public
Two minutes' walk from Kokusai-tenjijo Station on Rinkai Line
Three minutes' walk from Ariake Station on New Transit Yurikamome
Chapter 1: The History of Sports Manga and Japanese Society
Details the history from the dawn of manga to the present day, and illustrates the effects of manga on society.
Chapter 2: Training
Presents mental and philosophical training along with changes in training methods over time.
Chapter 3: Special Moves and Techniques
Special moves often feature impossible techniques, showing a world of sports distinct from reality.
Chapter 4: Manga Heroes and Athletes
Describes the close connection between manga and athletes by introducing athletes who were captivated by manga heroes and took up their sports.
Chapter 5: The Spiritual Values of Manga and Sports
Introduces the spirit, ideals, and values expressed in sports manga, noting how they overlap with Olympic values.
Chapter 6: Manga and Anime Portraying the Paralympic Games
Makes people feel the joy and wonder of Paralympic sports, and spreads Paralympic values through manga.
Chapter 7: The Culture of Japanese Manga Around the World
Presents the impact of Japanese "Manga" from a worldwide perspective as well as its influence in nowadays modern culture.
Organized by: Panasonic Corporation
Angoulême International Comics Festival,
The Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage,
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
Japanese Olympic Committee,
Japanese Para-Sports Association, Japanese Paralympic Committee,
Embassy of France in Japan, Institut français du Japon, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan,
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Sports Agency, Koto City, Koto-City Board of Education
Special cooperation: Kodansha, Shogakukan, SHUEISHA, Akitashoten
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