V&A’s latest exhibition explores Japanese folklore’s impact on manga

Japan: Myths to Manga looks at how Japanese folklore and landscape influenced the country’s creative sectors.
My Neighbour Totoro. Photo: Studio Ghibli

Running until Sunday, September 8 at the Young V&A, Japan: Myths to Manga explores how Japanese myths, folklore, and landscapes have shaped the country’s art, design, and technological sectors. 

The exhibition promises an ‘atmospheric trip’ through the land of the rising sun, especially those who love Japenese culture and design. In fact, although this exhibition is part of the Young V&A’s calendar of events, meaning it is technically aimed at younger audiences, the reality is that its themes will appeal to adults, too. 

Among these are Studio Ghibli’s monumental anime, Yuko Shimizu’s iconic Hello Kitty, Epoch’s Sylvanian Families toys, and shoe designer Noritaka Tatehana’s stunning shoes.

It’s important to note that the exhibition, tickets for which cost £10 (approx. €11.68), is on at the Young V&A, which is located on Cambridge Heath Road in Bethnal Green (as opposed to Cromwell Road in South Kensington, like the parent museum).

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