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"GeGeGe No Kitaro in DC" , posted Fri 28 Mar 15:31post reply

For anyone that can make it out to Washington DC, I really recommend this exhibit:

http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/events.htm#yokaido

The Japan Information and Culture Center in DC is hosting a series of prints by Shigeru Mizuki, the man behind GeGeGe No Kitaro.

There are 53 prints in all and they are beautiful (and crawling with a great variety of Yokai). They're the real deal too, not just photocopies. They even have some of the original carved woodblocks on display. Each image took about 23 seperate layers of woodblocks to achieve the final image.

Also of note is a very long, hand painted scroll by Shigeru Mizuki that pretty much chronicles his entire life. It's a very powerful piece that goes through his birth, early years, conscription into the army, his assignment to Papau New Guinea, the loss of his arm, his friendship with the local Tolai people, the end of the war, reconciliation with the Americans, becoming an artist in postwar Japan, eventually finding success with comics... and well, you just have to see it yourself, because words just don't do it justice.

Oh, and again, it's the real thing! On display, not even behind glass. You can reach out and touch it (although there's a sign telling you not to).

It's a really thrilling exhibit. Check it out if you can!






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"Re(1):GeGeGe No Kitaro in DC" , posted Fri 28 Mar 15:58post reply

Wahhh...is there a picture of the scroll somewhere?

I bought his yokai encyclopedia, which is nice, but doesn't seem to have any relation to these illustrations. Is there an artbook for them that you know of? I imagine they're selling something at the exhibit.





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"Re(1):GeGeGe No Kitaro in DC" , posted Fri 28 Mar 17:08post reply

Awesome! Thanks for the heads up. I'll be considerably closer to DC next month and may be able to make the trip down to check this out.





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"Re(2):GeGeGe No Kitaro in DC" , posted Fri 28 Mar 21:28post reply

quote:
Wahhh...is there a picture of the scroll somewhere?

I bought his yokai encyclopedia, which is nice, but doesn't seem to have any relation to these illustrations. Is there an artbook for them that you know of? I imagine they're selling something at the exhibit.



I actaully only got to spend about half an hour at the exhibit before it closed. They had an artbook for this series of prints, but I don't think they actually sell anything at the Japan Center. I think the place is more of a non profit, government endorsed kinda place, but I'll be sure to check again.

In any case, I definitely plan on returning to the exhibit. I'll be sure to take some pictures of the scroll (and some of the prints if they let me). I'll also get the book info for you. I'll post all that here after I get a chance to go back.





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"Re(3):GeGeGe No Kitaro in DC" , posted Mon 31 Mar 16:06post reply

Oh, GOD. For an instant, I thought "DC" stood for "dreamcast" here...






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"Re(4):GeGeGe No Kitaro in DC" , posted Mon 31 Mar 16:32post reply

quote:
Oh, GOD. For an instant, I thought "DC" stood for "dreamcast" here...



Haha sorry, no dice. Although, I am fiending for more information on the PSOne GeGeGe No Kitaro game:

http://chokocat.blogspot.com/2007/08/579-gegege-no-kitaro-sony-playstation.html


Also, here is a quite nice page dedicated to the GBA game:

http://www.bogleech.com/gba-kitarou.html