News Tokyo Symposium Asks "Why Did Manga Overtake the World?"
posted on 2008-02-14 03:28 EST
On February 15, the Japan Media Arts Festival at the National Art Center in Tokyo will host a symposium event with the following theme: "Why Did Japanese Manga Overtake the World?" Manga artist Machiko Satonaka (Lady Ann), Tezuka Production President Takamasa Matsutani, and Tokyo University professor Yasuki Hamano will discuss the current state of Japanese manga and the reasons it is spreading throughout the world. The free event begins at 6:00 p.m.
43 countries are participating in this year's Media Arts Festival, which is divided into four fields: art, entertainment, animation, and manga. The earlier themed symposium events discussed Asian art festivals and the fusion of art and technology. The Award Winners Symposium events also feature manga artist Monkey Punch (Lupin III), anime directors Koji Yamamura (Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor) and Keiichi Hara (Summer Days with Coo), and game creator Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots). The festival began on February 6, and will end on February 17.
Source: J-Cast Monowatch