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Portland Japanese Garden only U.S. venue to feature world renowned woodblock prints

SUBMITTED PHOTO - See Manga Hokusai Manga at Portland Japanese Garden now.

This December Art in the Garden features Manga Hokusai Manga, organized by The Japan Foundation.

The Garden is the only U.S. venue for this traveling exhibition, which was directed by Professor Jaqueline Berndt of Seika University in collaboration with curators Yu Ito of the Kyoto National Manga Museum and Mizuki Takahashi of the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito and art director Shin Sobue.

From Dec. 1 through Jan. 13, this traveling exhibition "Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master's Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics" will be on display in the Pavilion and Tanabe Gardens at Portland Japanese Garden. The exhibition is include with garden admission.

Renowned uikiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is recognized worldwide for his iconic woodblock print "The Great Wave."

Although primarily characterized by a diversity of subject matter, frequent attention to grimaces and acrobatic activities have created the impression that manga is somehow synonymous with cartoons or funny pictures.

Fans worldwide tend to regard the pictorial compendium by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Kokusai as the origin of today's manga. Do present-day graphic narratives and the master's "diverse drawings" share any-

thing other than a name? You decide.

The exhibition invites the viewer to ponder his/her own notions about manga by comparing works from different periods while exploring the diversity therein.

Portland Japanese Garden is located at 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. in Portland, OR 97205. Visit japanesegarden.org for more.

— For The Review, Tidings

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