Japan Foundation Bangkok

An exhibition exploring the origin of Japanese Manga : Manga Hokusai Manga



[Featured manga artists] Shiriagari Kotobuki
Igarashi Daisuke
Nishijima Daisuke
Kyo Machiko
Yokoyama Yuichi
Okadaya Tetuzoh
Ichikawa Haruko
[Directed by] Jaqueline Berndt
[Curated by] Ito Yu Takahashi Mizuki





[Opening] 19:00 Thursday 17 August 2017
[Duration] Thursday 17 August – Friday 22 September 2017
[Venue] Srinakharinwirot University
Chiang Rai
[Opening] 17:00 Saturday 7 October 2017
[Duration] Saturday 7 October – Thursday 2 November 2017
[Venue] ArtBridge ChiangRai
Hat Yai
[Opening] 18:00 Tuesday 14 November 2017
[Duration] Tuesday 14 November – Tuesday 5 December 2017
[Venue] Prince of Songkla University (Hat Yai Campus)



Time trip over 200 years

Hokusai and contemporary manga artists


The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, proudly presents a unique exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics” to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of Japan – Thailand Diplomatic Relations from August to December this year in three cities; Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai respectively.


Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) is one of the most versatile and innovative painter-illustrators gained renown not only in Japan but also in Europe and North America in the late 19th century. Broadening the scope of ukiyo-e (literary translated as “pictures of the floating world”), he depicted courtesans and stage actors, published landscapes series, illustrated entertaining narratives, and even held painting performances. His most well-known and popular work is The Great Wave or Under a Wave off Kanagawa [Kanagawa Oki Namiura], which was released as the 21st print of his series, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji [Fugaku Sanju Rokkei] (1830-33).


Another great achievement of Katsushika Hokusai is his collection of illustrations called Hokusai Manga, which is regarded as one of the origins of Japanese Manga or cartoons. The rich visual expressions in the Hokusai Manga have been, in spite that over 200 years have passed since its first publication, inspiring a plethora of Japanese contemporary manga artists. Even Hokusai himself is often appeared as one of the characters in many of Japanese contemporary comics.


In this exhibition, we explore not only about the original Hokusai Manga but also its connection with the contemporary Japanese manga created by seven manga artists. By introducing some of the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga and Hokusai’s manga, this exhibition approaches the Hokusai Manga from the perspective of contemporary Japanese comics, focusing on genre, pictorial storytelling and participatory culture rather than the integration of word and image of the role of popular characters. And instead of aiming at a historiographical verification of influences, the exhibition invites viewers to ponder their own notions about manga by comparing works from different periods while exploring the diversity therein.


We do hope that the viewers will gain a deep knowledge on the relationship between Katsushika Hokusai and Japanese contemporary manga artists and will enjoy exploring the world of manga as a subject of a serious study. The exhibition is free of admission in all three cities. In Bangkok and Chiang Rai, talks by special guest speakers will be conducted on the opening day. For the updates, stay tune at the Japan Foundation, Bangkok’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jfbangkok/).


Profiles on special guest speakers



[Date & Time] 17:30 Thursday 17 August 2017
[Venue] Srinakharinwirot University


Chaiyosh Isavorapant, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University


Chaiyosh Isavorapant received the scholarship from the Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) during 1989 – 1996 and graduated his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architectural history at Waseda University in 2005. Since then, he has continued his research on Japanese art and culture until today. His publication works include the first Thai book about Japanese garden, “Snow, Moon, Flower: Japanese Garden” and the book on Hokusai’s biography and works, “Katsushika Hokusai.” He also has been doing research on art museums and art festival in Japan and giving lectures in universities across Thailand on art, architecture and Japanese garden for over 20 years.


Chiang Rai

[Date & Time] 14:30 Saturday 7 October 2017
[Venue] Art Bridge Chiang Rai



Prasert Palitponganpim, M.D



Prasert Palitponganpim, M.D., Psychiatrist, graduated from Sahapanich School, Premrudeesuksa School, Suankularb Wittayalai School, Faculty of Medicine of Siriraj Hospital and Somdet Chaopraya Hospital and has worked as a psychiatrist since 1989. His interest in comics began when he was at very young age starting with ‘Gomin Gumarn,’ ‘Walt Disney Magazine’ which was 2 baht then, as well as Thai magazines such as ‘Dek Kao Nar’, ‘Kong Nar Larleung’ and ‘Weeratham Weekly Magazine’. At that time, he barely read Japanese comics which were very rare and costly. His interest in reading Japanese comics developed when he entered the medical school. The titles he read were various such as ‘Doraemon’, ‘Fist of the North Star’, ‘Cobra’ and ‘Dragon Ball’. He began writing critiques on comics in 1996 as requested by the ‘Life & Family’ magazine’s editor, Ms. Subhawadee Harnmethee. In that year, he wrote critiques on Japanese comics such as ‘Detective Conan’ and ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ which was monthly published and the column was named ‘Cartoon Ga Luk Rak – Comics and Children’. A few months later, Mr. Sathien Chantimathorn from ‘Matichon Weekly’ contacted and requested him to write for a weekly column ‘Cartoon Thiruk – Comics My Love’ which has still been published until now for 22 years, equivalent to a total of 10 issues.


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Exhibition Summary
Thursday 17 August 2017
Special talk by Chaiyosh Isavorapant 17:30
Opening ceremony 19:00
Duration Thursday 17 August – Friday 22 September 2017
11.00 – 19.00 (Close on Monday and public holidays)
Free admission
Venue g23 art gallery,
Prof. Dr. Saroj Buasri Innovation Building,
Srinakharinwirot University
114 Sukhumvit 23 Rd., Wattana, Bangkok 10110
TEL 02-649-5000 ext. 12060,12063
Chiang Rai
Saturday 7 October 2017
Special talk by Prasert Palitponganpim 14:30
Opening ceremony 17:00
Duration Saturday 7 October – Thursday 2 November 2017
Everyday 10.00 – 19.00
Free admission
Venue Art Bridge ChiangRai (ABCR)
551 Moo 1,Ban Doo, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
TEL 088-418-5431, 053-166-623
Hat Yai
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Opening ceremony 18:00
Duration Tuesday 14 November – Tuesday 5 December 2017
9.00 – 16.00 (Close on Sunday and public holidays)
Free admission
Venue PSU Art Gallery, Arts and Cultural Center,
Prince of Songkla University (Hat Yai)
15 Kanjanavanich Road Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110
TEL 0-7428-2000





The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
10th Fl. Serm-Mit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit 21 Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: 02-260-8560-4/ Fax 02-260-8565
Facebook: jfbangkok


Staff in charge:

Mr. Suphawat Laohachaiboon (suphawat@jfbkk.or.th)
Ms. Benyatip Tiraviriyapol (benyatip@jfbkk.or.th)
Ms. Hikaru Kuwahara (kuwahara@jfbkk.or.th)


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