Zelda, Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty: all world famous icons from Japanese visual culture you may know. But did you know that contemporary Japanese visual culture also has a rich history? For instance, the style of contemporary Japanese cartoonists or 'mangaka' is heavily influenced by Japan's historical print art and techniques pioneered by old masters. Through unique historical works from its own collection and loans, the MAS presented this long tradition from which contemporary Japanese pop culture has grown out.
In 'Cool Japan', you could admire ancient and contemporary Japanese art, discover how fashion designers were inspired by Japan, and got to know the colourful 'Kawaii' (cute fashion from Tokyo), or admire the handsome tattoos of the old warriors. However, you could do more than merely look. You could also get hands-on at the exhibition by delving into activities such as having a chat with robot Pepper or getting lost in manga strips for hours in our library.
- Cool Japan
18/10/2019 - 10/08/2020
Cool Japan was an exhibition of the National Museum of World Cultures (Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen) in the Netherlands.