Angelinos have all the luck.
Seriously, with all the great Japan-related content it gets, Los Angeles may the best place in the world to live if you’re a Japanophile (er, except Japan, that is).
The latest get for LA is This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA, an exciting exhibition (you can tell because of the capital letters) showing off decades of work from the brain behind Yawara!, 20th Century Boys, Monster and much more.
The exhibition runs at the Japan House between January 23 and March 28, but true fans will want to visit on the opening day. That’s when Urasawa himself will visit for a talk event called Drawing My World: An Interview with Naoki Urasawa. Attendance is limited to those who make a purchase (Urasawa-related, ostensibly) at the Japan House shop. He’ll also sign books on the same day.
Urasawa was the focus of a similar exhibition in Tokyo in 2016. Check out our report here.
Here’s an excerpt from Japan House’s official press release:
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is pleased to showcase “This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA,” a complimentary exhibit by internationally acclaimed Japanese manga artist, Naoki Urasawa, from January 23 to March 28. The retrospective exhibition will introduce more than 400 original drawings and storyboards, selected stories from seven of his major works, and deliver four consecutive YAWARA! stories every other week replicating the weekly serial style of many Japanese comic anthologies. Selling over 127 million copies in Japan alone, Urasawa’s dynamic storytelling captivates a global audience as his works are published in more than 20 countries. The award-winning artist continues to garner international popularity through various collaborations including his recent work with MUJIRUSHI (The Sign of Dreams, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions) at the Louvre Museum.