Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

Art Apr 2, 2017

Leiji Matsumoto surfs the floating world

by Tim Hornyak

The work of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto mixes historical periods, themes and technologies, often in a science-fiction setting: His signature comics involve steam locomotives and reborn World War II battleships sailing among the stars. These grand flights of fancy, which have found fans around ...

Tokyo ward to resurrect dwelling famed for housing manga artists

National Jul 8, 2016

Tokyo ward to resurrect dwelling famed for housing manga artists

Tokyo's Toshima Ward plans to restore Tokiwa-so, a wooden apartment building known for housing many manga artists, including Osamu Tezuka, to promote the nation's anime culture. The ward will create the building at a park near the place where Tokiwa-so originally stood, ward officials said ...

Drawing on the past of Osamu Tezuka

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Jun 18, 2016

Drawing on the past of Osamu Tezuka

by Roland Kelts

In 1977, American author and translator Frederik L. Schodt and three friends formed a manga-translation group in Tokyo, with the then-quixotic dream of introducing Japanese comics to a global readership. Schodt had arrived in Japan in 1965, courtesy of a father in the United ...

Down and out with Tokyo's manga artists

Film Sep 30, 2015

Down and out with Tokyo's manga artists

by Kaori Shoji

That Japanese movies are often adapted from Japanese manga is no secret. Less well known is the subgenre of films about the lives of some Japanese mangaka (manga artists), which is informally known as mangakamono. Many of these fictional biopics have gone on to ...

Black Jack

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Mar 21, 2015

Black Jack

by Kris Kosaka

Although he is best known internationally for creating "Astro Boy," Osamu Tezuka's most popular work for adults in Japan is "Black Jack," a series of short stand-alone stories from the 1970s, documenting the renegade antics of the unconventional title doctor whose mercenary facade masks ...

Star Belgian choreographer celebrates manga and more

Stage Jan 7, 2015

Star Belgian choreographer celebrates manga and more

by Natsume Date

"Tokyo, my brother, my protector" was the tweet posted by Belgian-born Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui — often dubbed "the busiest choreographer in the world" — straight after he arrived here two months ago. Explaining in a recent interview with this writer what had prompted so fulsome ...