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Further Naoki Urasawa Events at Japan House London

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Includes music performance on June 7, book signing on the same day, and earlier live drawing session on June 3

Japan House London is listing further events featuring Naoki Urasawa, the manga artist who created Monster (pictured right), Pluto, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys and Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl.

Japan House London is on Kensington High Street. The venue will also run a free Urasawa exhibition from June 5, details at the end of this article. A live event on June 5 featuring Urasawa in conversation was announced previously, and is already sold out.

On Monday June 3, Urasawa will appear in a free drop-in event called URASAWA Naoki Live Drawing Performance, from 3 p.m. onwards. From the website:

"Watch internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki make the finishing touches to Japan House London's upcoming exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI’ during a special large-scale live drawing performance on one of our tokonoma glass booths."

On Friday June 7, there will be an event called All Talking All Singing All Drawing! URASAWA Naoki Live in Concert, from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free but must be booked at the link. From the website:

"An internationally acclaimed manga artist, Urasawa Naoki is also an active musician who has composed numerous works in the folk rock genre, performing live with his band and releasing two albums to date. His music has been frequently used as theme music for the film and television adaptations of his manga work. In this live concert Urasawa Naoki treats guests to an inimitable mix of live drawing and talk wrapped up in a dynamic musical performance.

"The concert is followed by a drinks reception and exclusive after-hours access to the gallery until 10 p.m."

Before the event on the same day, Friday June 7, there will be a book signing session, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is limited to the first thirty guests who purchase an Urasawa manga from the selection of books pictured right, available in The Shop at Japan House London from May 28 May. An additional twenty places will be available on the day on a first-come first-served basis. Customers should speak to a member of staff when making your purchase to see if places are still available. Participants must bring their receipt on the day of the signing.

The free exhibition entitled This is Manga – the Art of Urasawa Naoki, will run from June 5 to July 28.

According to the exhibition's press release:

"This retrospective exhibition will introduce Urasawa's ideas from inception through development, with more than 400 original drawings and storyboards on display. Selected stories from seven of his major works will be presented, highlighting the breadth of the artist's narrative styles. There'll even be a reading corner with full English translations of his bestselling stories.

"And, through changing displays, four consecutive stories from 'Yawara!' (pictured above left) will be presented over the course of the exhibition, one story every two weeks, encouraging you to return again and again to experience the work in the weekly serial style of many Japanese comic anthologies."


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