Young V&A unveils new details on first exhibition for children and families – Japan: Myths to Manga – opening in October 2023
From Hokusai to Pokémon, Studio Ghibli, robots and beyond, the exhibition takes young visitors on an atmospheric and playful journey revealing the influence of folklore on Japan’s art and design.
From manga-making to Taiko drumming and yōkai interactives, hands-on activities sit alongside exceptional objects and artwork from the 15th century to today, drawn from the V&A’s world-class collection and international loans, on display for the first time at Young V&A.
Young V&A announces new details about its first exhibition, Japan: Myths to Manga, as tickets go on sale. Opening Saturday 14 October 2023, Japan: Myths to Manga marks the beginning of a new programme of exhibitions dedicated to inspiring young minds and families through art, design, and performance.
Japan: Myths to Manga will take visitors on a journey through Japan, exploring how popular stories have shaped art, design, and technology across the centuries. Divided into four sections – Sky, Sea, Forest, and City – the exhibition brings together over 150 historic and contemporary objects.
From visual art, animation and origami to curious creatures, robots, fashion, film, and photography, Japan: Myths to Manga celebrates the spirit of playfulness and imagination that lies at the heart of Japanese culture. New acquisitions and rarely seen works from across the V&A’s collections will be brought together with important loans and reimagined for young people and their families, while an exciting selection of hands- on activities are set to spark creativity and imagination among visitors of all ages.
Japan has produced some of the world’s most exceptional art and design. Japan: Myths to Manga will feature works by celebrated 19th century Japanese artists, such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi alongside precious kimono and cute netsuke. The exhibition will explore how Pokémon, Studio Ghibli and the timeless yōkai manga of Shigeru Mizuki have drawn inspiration from Japan’s folktales to create some of popular culture’s most beloved characters. It will also show how these myths and the values they embody continue to inspire generations of artists and designers including Keita Miyazaki, Mariko Kusumoto, Noritaka Tatehana, and Yuken Teruya. A poignant installation of 1,000 paper cranes, a symbol of remembrance from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan will also be on display.