Japan: Myths to Manga – Young V&A Museum’s First Exhibition Since Its Reopening

Young V&A Museum re-opened in July this year, and their very first exhibition: ‘Japan: Myths to Manga’ was finally launched on 14 October.



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Japan: Myths to Manga


Japan - Myths to Manga at Young V&A

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‘Japan: Myths to Manga’ is the first exhibition at Young V&A Museum since its reopening this year.


The highly anticipated exhibition has been created with kids in mind, promising a playful exploration of Japanese folklore and fairy tales and how they have impacted on today’s Japan’s pop culture, including anime, manga, robots and beyond.


Young V&A - Japan- Myths to Manga Exhibition

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The exhibition is divided into 4 different sections: Sky, Sea, Forest, and City.


Section ‘Sky’ showcases how artists took inspiration from the Sun, the Moon, and the stars.


The second section, ‘Sea’ tells epic stories above and below the waves, while the third section, ‘Forest’ is about shapeshifting mythical creatures that inspired today’s superheroes.


The fourth section, ‘City’ introduces kawaii (cuteness) culture and showcases how it shaped and inspired today’s anime and manga characters, and gaming culture.


Original Sailor Moon Sketches at Japan: Myths to Manga Exhibition at Young V&A

Original Sailor Moon sketches

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The exhibition displays 150 historic and contemporary artworks from V&A’s collections, including 19thcentury woodblock prints, Hokusai’s famous artwork: ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’ from 1831, Pokémon figures, original Sailor Moon sketches, plenty of Studio Ghibli, including a My Neighbour Totoro stage model and more.


My Neighbour Totoro Stage Model at Japan- Myths to Manga at Young V&A

My Neighbour Totoro stage model

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Clips are being showed from Studio Ghibli animations, such as My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.


‘Japan: Myths to Manga’ is set with kids in mind. Fun activities, such as taiko-drumming, origami workshops and manga-drawing sessions keep the young ones entertained and ignite their creativity.


Practical Info


Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai at Japan- Myths to Manga Exhibition

‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’ by Katsushika Hokusai 1831

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Young V&A Museum | Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA


 Young V&A Museum tickets are not like usual tickets. They are called ‘Exhibition Passes’ which means, once you have purchased your ticket, you can go back to visit the exhibition as many times as you like.

Unlike other museums, they don’t have adult and children’s tickets. The ticket price for all visitors over the age of 4 is £9.


Opening Times

14 October 2023 – 11 August 2024

Open daily from 10am – 5:45pm





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