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Japan NIH Holds Symposium on Japanese Pop Culture Abroad

posted on 2007-05-28 05:18 EDT
American shōjō manga expert Matt Thorn scheduled to deliver a speech at Japanese symposium on pop culture

The popularity of Japanese Pop Culture around the world, specifically anime and manga, will be the focus of a special symposium scheduled for June 2 in the Yurakucho area of Tokyo. The symposium is being held by the Japan National Institutes for the Humanities (NIH), which is composed of five Japanese research institutes that have already held five other symposiums as a group on topics of interest to Japan's research community.

The event, officially titled "Japanese Pop Culture: Crossing the Globe (Focus on Anime and Manga)," will be based around two speeches and a roundtable discussion. The first speech is "Manga, Manga, and Comics" (the title in Japanese has "manga" written once in Japanese and once in romanized English) by manga columnist Natsume Fusanosuke. The second speech is "Otaku Culture Without Borders" by Kyoto Seika University Associate Professor, shōjō manga expert and occasional writer Matt Thorn. The roundtable will focus on how to best view the popularity of manga and anime around the world through an academic frame of reference.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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