Kyoto International Manga Museum, Japan

The museum is smaller than I first thought. Even the map looks bigger than it is, and to me it is more a library than a museum.

Ticket= 800 yen =£6

It had most of the manga that has ever published in japan. It also has a room full of a sample of manga books that has been translated to different languages. Then in one of the room that is full ceiling to ceiling with mangas, there are panels explaining the history of manga, the process involved in producing and the life of a Mangaka.

The museum is situated in an ex school building, so the old headmaster (aka Kouchou) room is preserved for ex-students to visit. When I visited there was an activity called Kamishibai (a form of japanese storytelling). The storyteller wore a traditional dress and was very animated. The children seemed captivated – it is a shame that my Japanese is conversational.

The shop was small, but it had a few good English books on manga.

A little quirk about Japanese museums is they provide stamps, so that you can stamp your book to prove that you have been there.

  • Website: Japanese style website – I am surprise generally with Japanese website, their navigation and their design, seems to be lacking even though one would think that they are highly advanced in technology – am I missing something?? Anyone?
  • Printed materials: Map + brief description and  a separate sheet to explain a bit more, it seems that they also have a yearly pass. And they do however have a cute Icon character
  • Facilities: N/A – didn’t use any
  • Events and Activities: there is a colouring your own statue – I’m not sure where the link is really
  • Exhibition:N/A – doesn’t seem to have anything special
  • I wish: I can read Japanese and can spend more time reading the Manga
  • Audiences: a must for Otaku’s, but generally there other things you can visit in Kyoto
  • Overall the museum: gets 2 stripes – for good collection but not really telling much of a story.

Visited in 2010

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