Hanoi, Hue, HCMC host exhibition of Japanese cartoon characters

An exhibition titled “JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters” featuring popular cartoon characters of Japan will be held in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City from October 5 to December 4.

The Japanese anime and manga forms have attracted worldwide attention. These animated characters are printed on bank passbooks, train ticket passes and also presented as mascots at local police stations. They seem to have permeated every aspect of Japanese daily life.

The current exhibition will help answer many a visitors’ curious query. What exactly is a character? Why are they so popular? What kind of society do these characters reflect and what kind of influence do they have on that society? And finally, where is the Japanese character culture headed?

Viewers at the exhibition will have a chance to enjoy popular characters like Astro Boy, Ultraman, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Pokemon, Haruhi Suzumura, Sentokun, Hikonyan, Namisuke through standing figures, panels and DVD’s.

The exhibition will also give audiences a comprehensive view of the culture, history and background of the characters, the Japanese people’s love for them and the future of these characters in Japanese contemporary society.

The exhibition organized by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam will take place at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi from October 5 to 23, at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hue city from November 1 to 13 and at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum from November 24 to December 4.

By Kim Khanh

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