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Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound

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Asia House is delighted to welcome award-winning manga artist Ishizuka Shinichi and his editor Katsuki Dai to discuss Ishizuka’s successful series BLUE GIANT and BLUE GIANT SUPREME. This event is in celebration of the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum (23 May – 26 August 2019).

BLUE GIANT and BLUE GIANT SUPREME (featured in the British Museum's Manga exhibition) are series that centre around a young saxophonist, Miyamoto Dai, his passion for jazz and the pursuit of his dream to become the world's best tenor sax player. In this series, Ishizuka masterfully crafts sound and vibe to explode from the pages visually replicating what one would hear and feel. The vertical, tightly drawn lines and sound effect symbols uniquely capture the raw emotion and fervour of jazz.

In this event, the artist and editor will discuss the challenges and pleasures of creating a story manga and explore the integral depiction of sound in the series. The discussion will include insights into the collaborative processes and relationship of the artist and editor in the creation of story manga. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask the speakers questions at the end of the talk.

Our moderator for the evening will be Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, IFAC Handa Curator in Japanese Arts at the British Museum and lead curator of the Citi exhibition Manga

Please note that Ishizuka Shinichi and Katsuki Dai will speak in Japanese and there will be live interpreting into English.

This event is presented in collaboration with The British Museum and funded with the kind support of The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. We thank Japan Foundation and The Sainsbury Insitute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures for their partnership.

About Ishizuka Shinichi

Born in 1971, Ishizuka has created award-winning manga on mountaineering Gaku Minna no yama,(Peak, everyone’s mountains) and jazz: BLUE GIANT and BLUE GIANT SUPREME. He developed a passion for climbing while studying in the USA. Ishizuka has for many years worked with the same editor, Katsuki Dai, at Shogakukan and has won acclaim for depicting intense, heartfelt jazz performances in his manga. He plays the Saxophone himself and keeps it close when creating his BLUE GIANT SUPREME.

About Katsuki Dai

Katsuki was an editor of manga magazines including Big Comic Original, Weekly Shonen Sunday, and Big Comic at Shogakukan, working with top manga artists such as Hanawa Kazuichi, George Akiyama and Kawaguchi Kaiji. Katsuki was Ishizuka’s first editor and together they started Gaku Minna no yama and BLUE GIANT together. Katsuki is from Sendai, where a famous large street jazz festival, Jozenji Jazz Festival, takes place every summer.

About Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art at the Department of Asia, British Museum. She is also the founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include Jômon period to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and particularly Japan, East Asian trade networks, collecting practices of Asian art and manga. She has been lead curator for the Kazari: Decoration in medieval to modern Japan (BM 2002, BM), Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan (BM 2007) and lead for 3D Japanese works in the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries. She helped to create with Hoshino Yukinobu Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventures (2011). In 2012 she published Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (Bloomsbury Academic). In 2018 her translation of Tsuji Nobuo’s History of Art in Japan was released by Tokyo University Press and won the Japanese Translator’s award prize for 2018.


Event image: ©Shinichi Ishizuka/Shogakukan Inc.


This event is part of the Asia House 2019 Summer Arts and Learning Programme, a completely unique initiative in the UK in presenting a pan-Asian artistic and cultural programme with a scope of more than 40 countries in the region. Through our programme of events on arts, culture and education we act as a catalyst for the discovery of the diverse arts and cultures of Asia and the Asian diaspora, and serve as a bridge of understanding between the UK and Asia.

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