Love Manga? Here Are 4 Manga Museums in Japan That You Should Check Out

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  • Museums are wonderful places that preserve history and culture. Many travelers include museums in their trips as they are the perfect places for purposeful leisure. For people traveling to Japan who are interested in Japanese comics or manga, there are several manga museums across the country that you can visit. Check out four of them below!

    1. Saitama City Manga Museum

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    Considered as the first manga museum in Japan, Saitama City Manga Museum’s purpose is to nurture and preserve manga culture. It was built in 1966, on the site of the residence of Kitazawa Rakuten, the Father of Modern-Day Japanese Manga.

    The museum has regular exhibits dedicated to the works of Kitazawa, and there are also special exhibits dedicated to other manga artists or mangaka such as Riyoko Ikeda (known for The Rose of Versailles) and Osamu Tezuka (known for Astroboy). The museum also has a manga reference room filled with an extensive collection of published manga. Access to the room is free and it is open on Sundays and holidays, which gives visitors the pleasure of reading all the manga they want.

    Entrance to the museum is free and they are usually open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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    2. Suginami Animation Museum

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    Located in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, the Suginami Animation Museum is a place where visitors can have a fun and interactive way of learning about Japanese animation. The museum features a chronological timetable of the history of Japanese animation. There is also a pillar where visitors can see drawings and autographs of famous mangaka.

    For the interactive aspect, visitors can use the displayed equipment to try and make anime and even experience dubbing, too. The museum is also tourist friendly, with audio guides and brochures available in multiple languages.

    Suginami Animation Museum Website

    3. Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Opened in December 2006, the Kyoto International Manga Museum aims to be a facility that promotes the research of manga culture all over the world. This does not only include Japanese manga but all types of comics from around the globe. With a basement and three floors filled with bookshelves of manga, it is no wonder this place is considered a mecca for manga lovers.

    Aside from their permanent manga collection, the museum also occasionally holds exhibits of various themes. Additionally, the museum has a section for children’s books and kamishibai or picture-story show. Kamishibai is a form of storytelling that is unique in Japan, where the storyteller performs with picture boards.

    Kyoto International Manga Museum Website

    4. Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum

    Located in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, the Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum is dedicated to the works of Ishinomori Shotaro. Ishinomori is well known for several manga series, including Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009. His works are considered as pioneers of the transforming ranger genre. The museum displays a collection of his comics and artworks. His other creations can also be found around Ishinomaki City.

    Much of the museum’s collection was destroyed during the 2011 tsunami, but the museum’s structure was sturdy enough to survive. The museum reopened on March 23, 2013, after intensive restoration works.

    Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum Website

    Visiting museums can be a great way to spend your time. Aside from enjoying yourself, you also gain knowledge. The manga museums in Japan aim to promote and educate people about manga culture, with the hope that future generations can continue to appreciate it and make it flourish. If you have the time, you should definitely visit these museums.

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