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[Art] Past and Present: Manga Hokusai Manga

July 18, 2017

Explore the roots of modern Japanese manga with this international traveling exhibition, Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics!

The most well-known and popular work of Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave, greets the guests of Manga Hokusai Manga at the Ateneo Art Gallery. This is followed by all fifteen (15) volumes of Hokusai Manga, with a discussion on how the term “manga” came to be.

Woodblock print The Great Wave (or Under a Wave off Kanagawa, Kanagawa oki namiura)

The exhibit is arranged in panels, emulating the Japanese reading direction from right to left and top to bottom.

Hokusai Manga
Hokusai Manga was published from 1814 to 1878. All of its 4000 images were block-printed in three colors (black, gray and pale flesh).

The next section shows manga portrayals of Hokusai, his daughter Oei and another artist named Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

In “Manga like Ukiyo-e, Ukiyo-e like Manga”, examine the application of different manga elements (balloons, paneling, etc.) in ukiyo-e.

By the end of the exhibit, visitors can compare elements of Hokusai Manga and contemporary manga side by side, showing how the former has somewhat become a manual. A mangawork exhibition where seven contemporary manga artists revisit Hokusai Manga is also on display.

Modern manga through the years.

Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics is curated by Dr. Jaqueline Berndt. It is available for viewing until July 28 2017.

Reading corner

Enjoy the collection of latest and classic manga and coffee table books from The Japan Foundation, Manila’s library. Some volumes on display are Death Note  デスノート, Nodame Cantabile  のだめカンタービレ, and Attack on Titan  進撃の巨人.


Dr. Berndt conducted a special talk last  July 1 at CCP Dream Theater after the screening of award-winning animated film, In This Corner of The World. Check out other upcoming activities related to the exhibit and reserve your slot by emailing aag@ateneo.edu:

  • Manga and the ‘Manga-esque’: Shifting Definitions and Perspectives (a lecture by Dr. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director of the Japanese Studies program and Assistant Professor of the Department of History) – July 20, 2017 (Thursday), 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University
  • FREE screening of Makato Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star and The Garden of Words. Watch every Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am and 2pm (until July 26).


Admission to exhibitions and events is FREE OF CHARGE.

Ateneo Art Gallery is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Visit them at Level 2, Old Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University.

Share your Manga Hokusai Manga experience on social media with the hashtags #mangahokusaimanga or #mangahokusai 🙂


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