Zelda, Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty: all world famous icons from Japanese visual culture you may already 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 presents this long tradition from which contemporary Japanese pop culture has grown out.
In 'Cool Japan', you can also admire ancient and contemporary Japanese art, discover how fashion designers were inspired by Japan, and get to know the colourful 'Kawaii' (cute fashion from Tokyo), or admire the handsome tattoos of the old warriors. However, you can do more than merely look. You can 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.
18/10/2019 - 10/08/2020
Cool Japan is an exhibition of the National Museum of World Cultures (Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen) in the Netherlands.
Hiroyuki Matsuura, Acrylic and gold foil on canvas, 390 x 130 cm
Banner image courtesy of Tokyo Gallery + BTAP