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British Museum to hold largest-ever manga exhibition outside Japan

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum in London, announces on Dec. 5, 2018, that the museum will host a manga exhibition, one of the biggest outside Japan, from May 23 through Aug. 26. (Kyodo)

LONDON (Kyodo) -- The British Museum said Wednesday it will hold from May the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan, showcasing original Japanese manga and other items influenced by it.

The exhibit from May 23 through Aug. 26 will introduce the historical roots of manga, including woodprints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), and their influence on anime, games and cosplay.

It will also cover business models involving manga artists and publishers as well as Comic Market, the world's largest self-published manga sales event in Japan.

Among the original manga pieces to be put on display is the late Osamu Tezuka's "Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy)," Eiichiro Oda's "One Piece," Moto Hagio's "Po no Ichizoku (The Poe's Clan)," and Akiko Higashimura's "Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish)."

Japan Cartoonists Association Chairman Tetsuya Chiba is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony.

The British Museum is known for holding original copies of "Seinto Oniisan (Saint Young Man)" by Hikaru Nakamura.

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