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Metropolis Interviews Helen McCarthy

Date: Friday 14th May 2010 [14:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Tokyo based English Language Magazine Metropolis have just published an interview with Helen McCarthy. She talks about her Book The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga and it's recent Eisner Award Nomination.

Source: Metropolis

Tokyo Bento Shopping Guide

Date: Sunday 2nd May 2010 [14:59] | Posted By: Helephant
Category: > Retail

Bento, beautiful and healthy lunchboxes, is an otaku passion that keeps niggling at the edges of mainstream consciousness. The New York Times ran an article on it recently, some of the most amazing photos made the Flickr blog last week and there has been an explosion of books (US, UK) about the topic.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Art of Osamu Tezuka nominated for 2010 Eisner Awards

Date: Sunday 18th April 2010 [14:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga by Helen McCarthy has been nominated for the prestigious 210 Eisner Awards. The book is up for Best Comics-Related Book, it competes against the following titles -

- Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel, by Annalisa Di Liddo (University Press of Mississippi)
- The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)
- Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater, by Eric P. Nash (Abrams ComicArts)
- Will Eisner and PS Magazine, by Paul E. Fitzgerald (Fitzworld.US)

The Otaku News crew congratulate Helen McCarthy and the team behind the book for the nomination and wish them the best of luck in winning the award.

Source: Comic-Con International

Shoes made from kimono fabric

Date: Friday 9th April 2010 [3:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

UK based Hetty Rose designs and makes bespoke shoes using vintage kimono fabric from Japan. Her most popular market is weddings. They're perfect for the bride looking for something unique and colourful. We're wondering if they'll be popular with the fashionable otaku girls out there? It's interesting to see what kind of twists designers are doing with traditional Japanese fabrics, mixing the old and the new.

Source: Hetty Rose Shoes

Japanese Art Festival in Richmond - February 2010

Date: Saturday 20th February 2010 [22:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans will want to head over to Richmond next weekend (Saturday 27th February and Sunday 28th February 2010) where the Japanese Arts Festival will return to the Richmond Adult Community College.

The free event is set to start at 11am and end at 5pm. It includes a great line up of expert guests and speakers - Akemi Solloway, Helen McCarthy and Sonia Leong.

Read More... | Source: Japanese Art Festival

BBC News on Beckii Cruel

Date: Wednesday 10th February 2010 [7:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

BBC News have an interesting article about Beckii Cruel a girl who dances to anime theme music and J-Pop on YouTube. Internet sensation then followed and she even got to fly out to Akihabara to perform. She releases her debut album on Wednesday. DVDs are also available.

Her father said:
"So far it's been a tremendous adventure, not many teenage girls get to travel across the globe and have this sort of exposure".

What's also nice to note is responsible parenting (instead of paranoia about the internet):
"We've brought our children up with the internet, they've always had access to it."

"Rebecca is well aware of the online dangers, she's been well advised and has told us when there have been problems."

Rebecca got into anime fandom when she picked up a copy of Fruits Basket.

Source: BBC News

Tokyo City Promotion in London

Date: Friday 29th January 2010 [8:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London this weekend? Looking for something interesting to do? On Saturday 30th January to Sunday 31st January there will be a Tokyo Day. Aimed at promoting the Japanese city as a tourist destination the free event is divided into 3 zones. Traditional Culture, Experience Tokyo and Modern Culture.

The event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre near Westminster Tube station.

Opening hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Source: Tokyo City Promotion

Original Laughing Man Creator Dies

Date: Thursday 28th January 2010 [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Author JD Salinger dies, aged 91. Anime fans who have seen Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex, will be aware of the Laughing Man. The Japanese producers of the series created the antagonist after being inspired by a short story by JD Salinger, which was called The Laughing Man.

The logo used in Ghost In the Shell : Stand Alone Complex also references Catcher in the Rye, his best known work.

Source: BBC News

Manga Inspired Textiles from Ikea

Date: Monday 11th January 2010 [17:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

A keen eyed Otaku News reader has sent us details about the latest range of IKEA Textiles. The flat pack furniture store is probably best known to otaku alike as the place to go to get Billy Bookshelves to store manga and stuff.

The website Ikea Fans has details about the new manga inspired IKEA Textiles.

Read More... | Source: Ikea Fans

Comiket 77

Date: Wednesday 30th December 2009 [7:30] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Events

A man sits in the corner of the busy square caressing his gun then pointing it at a bunch of schoolgirls who shriek in excitement and begin flashing the cameras, while another man beside him dressed elaborately in leather swishes his cape to an amused crowd of photographers. Welcome to Comiket!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Santa Penguins of Matsue City

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2009 [4:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an amusing article about the Santa Penguins of Matsue City. The article includes a video of the 5 African penguins who parade around a local park in Santa costumes. The handmade costumes consist of a red cape, with small bell along with a white trim. The parade is due to take place everyday until Christmas. It's not every day you see cosplaying penguins! We wonder if they dress as Pen Pen for the rest of the year?

Source: BBC News

WOTA London Gig in November 2009

Date: Sunday 1st November 2009 [16:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Fans of J-Pop, Vocaloid Songs, moe and anime music should head over to WOTA London on Saturday 21st November 2009, from 5pm to 10p, at the Freedom Bar in Soho, Central London.

This event is billed to support those otaku that loves otaku culture. Great for those who want to dance the night away.

Source: WOTA London

Animation industry in the UK and Japan Symposium

Date: Friday 23rd October 2009 [15:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Academic anime fans will want to get London on Friday 30th October 2009 for the Animation industry in the UK and Japan: Creativity, identity and the global marketplace. It's going to run in Council Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

It's free to attend but booking in advance is required. We suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: King's College London

The Art of Osamu Tezuka God of Manga out November 2009

Date: Tuesday 13th October 2009 [15:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Fans of Osamu Tezuka, the founding father of modern anime and manga will be pleased to hear that a new book is due out November 2009. Written by prominent anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy the hardcover book published by Ilex Press reveals what makes Tezuka one of the key figures of 20th century pop culture.

It includes 350 colour illustrations and a 45 minute DVD documentary never aired outside of Japan before.

The publication coincides with the annual Comica Festival.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Buy from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Ilex Press

Reni's new songs and CD on sale now.

Date: Sunday 11th October 2009 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Akiba culture, especially singing maids based in New York will be pleased to hear that Reni Mimura’s new songs and CD are on sale at http://www.renireni.com/.

Read More... | Source: Reni's Blog

NHK World TV in the UK

Date: Sunday 20th September 2009 [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK based readers who are keen to watch Japanese TV in English, will be pleased to hear that NHK World broadcasts on Satellite. Viewers should tune into Sky Channel 516 or Freesat Channel 209. The channel is included in all Sky Packages.

The channel includes Japanese News, TV shows about Japanese Culture, Business Shows, Tokyo Fashion and lots of other arts.

The full schedule can be found on the NHK World TV Website.

Read More... | Source: NHK World TV

MTV Iggy on Otaku Culture

Date: Thursday 10th September 2009 [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The good folks at MTV Iggy (which is focused on breakthrough music and pop-culture from around the globe) have sent us details of their new feature - Otaku Culture.

They've got a couple of videos up from Otakon 2009 in Baltimore. It includes some otaku steampunk culture along with a video on ball jointed dolls. They've also got details of J-Rockers VAMPS, and plenty more to explore too.

Source: MTV Iggy

Joanna Lumley Catwoman in Japan

Date: Sunday 6th September 2009 [8:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK based fans of felines of should tune into ITV 1 on Sunday 6th and 13th of September 2009 at 7pm to catch Joanna Lumley Catwoman. The actress turns "cat detective" and travels around the world, one of her stops is Japan, where she'll meet a Japanese cat fashion designer (we also suspect a mention of Hello Kitty).

The world's largest cat festival in Belgium, should also prove interesting, as we've heard rumours in the past about Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service making the odd appearance there.

Source: ITV

Japan Matsuri Festival in London September 2009

Date: Thursday 27th August 2009 [14:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers should head over to Spitalfields on Saturday September 19th 2009 for the Japan Matsuri. A Matsuri is a festival with lots of stalls, food, fun and games along with plenty to see and do. It's set to run from 10am to 8pm.

A few readers might remember that this is not the first Matsuri in London. The last major one was at Hyde Park on 19th and 20th May 2001! As they don't happen as often as we like we strongly suggest you get to this one for all the festivities.

Read More... | Source: Japan Matsuri

Dogu Ceramic Figures at the British Museum from September 2009

Date: Sunday 23rd August 2009 [11:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

London based fans of ancient Japanese art, that has influenced anime, manga and video games should head over to the British Museum.

From 10th September 2009 to 22 November 2009 they'll be hosting an exhibition on The power of dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan. The exhibition is free to get into. No tickets are required, you can just walk into the museum and walk over to Room 91 to see this great bit of cultural history.

Read More... | Source: British Museum

Emotion is all in the Eyes for East Asian People

Date: Saturday 22nd August 2009 [13:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have published the details of a study by a team from Glasgow University. The study showed that different cultures read different facial expressions differently.

They discovered that East Asian participants in the study focused mainly on the eyes, but those from the west read the whole face.

"The paper states that the Eastern participants used a culturally specific decoding strategy that was inadequate to reliably distinguish the universal facial expressions of fear and disgust.

It concluded that information from the eyes is often ambiguous and confusing in these expressions, with consequences for cross-cultural communication and globalisation."

The researchers also cited the difference between western emoticons - :-) and Eastern emoticons - ^_^.

Source: BBC News

British fans of Manba

Date: Saturday 4th July 2009 [7:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have discovered the Manba scene in the UK. The article titled Japan's fashion rebellion goes West, features two fans of the Japanese fashion, along with a video of them Para-para dancing and a separate video interview.

"British teenagers like 18-year-olds Eilish and Declan got caught up in manba after an interest in Japanese culture led them to start researching on the internet, where they came across the style."

They've discovered how to apply the make-up by watching videos on YouTube, and use Japanese social networking site Mixi to keep up with Japanese people who are also into manba fashion. The article also mentions they meet up with other mamba fans in London's Chinatown.

Source: BBC News

Hiromi Plays Jazz at the London Barbican

Date: Friday 12th June 2009 [14:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Jazz will want to head over to Barbican on Friday 10th July 7.30pm see Hiromi, Yaron Herman Trio, Tineke Postma Quartet featuring Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington perform some jazz.

Read More... | Source: London Barbican

Sashiko Quilting in London June 2009

Date: Thursday 11th June 2009 [16:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of traditional Japanese quilting in London should head over to The Japan Foundation on Tuesday 30th June 2009. Michele walker will be exploring the world of Sashiko.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation

Japanese Art Festival in Richmond July 2009

Date: Sunday 31st May 2009 [10:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK readers who are able to get to Richmond in Surrey, should keep the weekend of the11th and 12th July 2009 free. As they'll be a Japanese Art Festival at Richmond Adult Community College. Entry to the event is free. They'll be stuff to do for anime and manga fans, long with people with an interest in Japanese culture.

They're also looking for gophers, so please do get in touch with them if you can help out.

Source: Japanese Art Festival

Ryuichi Sakamoto:Playing the Piano 2009 Europe

Date: Saturday 30th May 2009 [7:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've discovered the details of Ryuichi Sakamoto's European Tour. You may have heard the musician's music in many films.

He'll be in the UK from end of November to the beginning of December 2009. As always with these events we advise in booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you want to keep up to date with Ryuichi Sakamoto, you can also follow him on Twitter.

Read More... | Source: Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ideas from a Japanese Garden

Date: Monday 6th April 2009 [17:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese inspired art will want to visit the Barbican in London on Wednesday 22nd April 2009 on 6:45pm to see Ideas from a Japanese Garden. Where Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and author of A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto, examines key ideas behind historical garden design in Japan, and considers their potential relevance to art in the West. Admission is free.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Interview with Helen McCarthy

Date: Sunday 5th April 2009 [16:42] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Japanese culture expert Helen McCarthy in conjunction with Irish Film Institute.

Read More... | Source: Eeeper's Choice Podcast / Otaku News

Volunteers needed for Japanese Charity Film Festival in London

Date: Tuesday 31st March 2009 [14:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've got a request from our chums asking for some help with Japanese charity and their Film Festival in the National Gallery, London.

They need help promoting the event and at the event itself. The kind of people they are looking to help appear to be our readership. ^_-

They want volunteers on or before 15th-17th April 2009.

Read More... | Source: National Gallery

English National Gallery to host Japanese Film Festival

Date: Tuesday 31st March 2009 [13:13] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

The National Gallery in London is to host a Japanese Film Festival (including Barefoot Gen) in aid of Japan Care for the Elderly from 15-17 April.

Read More... | Source: National Gallery London

Hiroki Azuma's OTAKU: Japan's Database Animals book

Date: Thursday 26th March 2009 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

We've been sent the details of Hiroki Azuma's best selling book OTAKU: Japan's Database Animals. The English translation of the book is due out this April.

Update: We've also got a review of OTAKU: Japan's Database Animals.

[Pre-order Paper Back on Amazon.com]
[Pre-order Paper Back on Amazon.co.uk]

[Pre-order Hardcover on Amazon.com]
[Pre-order Hardback on Amazon.co.uk]

Read More... | Source: University of Minnesota Press

Japan wins top country at Wanderlust awards

Date: Monday 23rd March 2009 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Travel Magazine Wanderlust have just announced their annual travel awards. Japan won top country.

Wanderlust readers were:
"... mesmerised by its man-made attractions: Tokyo's 'fluorescent skyscapes', its indoor rollercoasters, hi-tech loos and hotels boasting 'unbelievable levels of service and comfort'."

Readers also were moved by the "country’s ancient culture and underlying serenity".

The article reads like everything an otaku already knows about Japan. ^_^

Source: Wanderlust

BBC Four Japan Season

Date: Sunday 15th March 2009 [16:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

We really should scour the Radio Times more often. UK fans of Japanese culture will be very pleased to see that BBC Four are currently running a Japanese Culture Season.

Read More... | Source: BBC Four

An interview with Andrew Driver

Date: Friday 13th February 2009 [17:19] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

In April 2009, Alma Books will publish an English translation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's novel Paprika. The basis of Satoshi Kon's award-winning animated film of the same name, the English translation was handled for Alma by Andrew Driver. Otaku News can now present an interview with Mr. Driver which he graciously agreed to do with Eeeper on behalf of Otaku News in which he talks about his work on the novel.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Snow Monkeys of Japan

Date: Friday 13th February 2009 [14:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK TV viewers may want to tune into BBC 2 on Friday 13th February at 8pm to catch the Natural World Documentary on the Snow Monkeys of Japan. The film focuses on 3 groups of monkeys. The urban scavengers, the mountain dwellers and the famous snow monkeys of Japan. The snow monkeys are known for their love of the local natural hot-springs.

Source: BBC 2

Japanese Art Festival in Richmond Reminder

Date: Tuesday 10th February 2009 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Just a quick reminder to our readers in the UK who can get to Richmond Surrey. They've released more details about the free Japanese Art Festival which starts on midday Saturday 28th February and is set to run until Sunday 1st March 2009.

Guests include anime expert Helen McCarthy, talented artist Sonia Leong and Akemi Solloway who is a lecturer on both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

Read More... | Source: Japanese Art Festival

The Artistic Bento of AnnaTheRed

Date: Thursday 5th February 2009 [8:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

Wired are running and interesting story about AnnaTheRed’s Bento Creations. Wired have published an interview with her and also put a gallery of her work on-line. More can also be seen on her Flickr page.

The food looks divine and is made for her lucky boyfriend. Themes for her bento include Totoro, Katamari, Wall-E, Link (from Zelda), Smash Bros, Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service.

Source: Wired

Tokyo City Promotion 2009 in London

Date: Friday 16th January 2009 [9:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London anime fans are a in for a real treat on Saturday 31st January 2009, where a special Tokyo Day will be running. Organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Day is set to be packed with tons for otaku to see and do.

The event will be held at Lawrence Hall at the Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre.

Admission is free. It's set to run from 10am to 8pm.

Read More... | Source: Tokyo City Promotion 2009

Japanese Art Festival in Richmond

Date: Sunday 14th December 2008 [12:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to Richmond, Surrey in the UK, will want to keep Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2009 free for the Japanese Art Festival. The event is organised by Akemi Solloway, and will be at the Richmond Adult Community College. It's set to have art, cultural activities and fun, including a Manga and Anime Art Exhibition.

They're also looking for volunteers to help out too, so sign up if you can!

Source: Japanese Art Festival

The ascent of manga: Japan's hottest export goes global

Date: Thursday 4th December 2008 [12:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Independent are running a great article about the global reach of manga and how it has influenced British artists.

Helen McCarthy, Sweatdrop Studios, Emma Vieceli, Sonia Leong, the Manga Bible and Manga Shakespeare all get a mention in the article.

Source: The Independent

The Akiba: A Manga Guide to the Akihabara

Date: Friday 7th November 2008 [13:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

We've been sent a press release for a new book that sounds perfect for otaku paying a trip to Tokyo. The Akiba: A Manga Guide to the Akihabara (published by Japan Publications Trading), is an interesting blend of manga and travel guide.

Update: We've reviewed The Akiba: A Manga Guide to the Akihabara

Read More... | Source: Japan Publications Trading

Japanese Cars at the Science Museum in London

Date: Sunday 19th October 2008 [12:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of design, cars, science or just cool Japanese stuff in general will want to pay a visit to the Japan Car exhibition at the Science Museum in London, from 29th November 2008 until 19th April 2009.

The exhibition is set to focus on size, environment and "moving urban cells". It will also display cars along other elements of Japanese culture, including bonsai, art and design.

Read More... | Source: Science Museum

Japanese Cultural Workshop in London

Date: Friday 5th September 2008 [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture will want to head to Orbital Manga in-between Leicester Square and Covent Garden where they'll be having a Japanese Cultural Workshop by Akemi Solloway. The event is scheduled for Saturday 20th September 2008, with two sessions starting at Midday until 2pm, and then 2:30pm until 4:30pm.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Kami-shibai - Japanese Paper Theatre in the UK

Date: Tuesday 12th August 2008 [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received some interesting details about a very special Kami-shibai showing in the UK. The paper theatre performances from Japan used to entertain children in an age before television. This is form of story telling had a direct influence on the evolution of manga.

Fans in the UK should keep their September free to attend at least one of these extremely rare events:

Friday 19 September: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin www.cbl.ie
Saturday 20 September: Urbis, Manchester www.urbis.org.uk
Sunday 21 September: Liverpool Biennial 08 at "Atelier Bow Wow" www.biennial.com/content/LiverpoolBiennial2008MADEUP/Artists1.aspx
Monday 22 September: Japan Foundation Language Centre, London workshop for Japanese language teachers
Tuesday 23 September: Barbican Centre, London, as part of "Osamu Tezuka 80th Anniversary Season (18 - 23 Sept 2008)" www.barbican.org.uk/ilm/series.asp?id=600

As always with popular events we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Japan UK 150

London Manga and Anime Art Exhibition

Date: Friday 1st August 2008 [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

We've got some details from an Otaku News reader about Manga and Anime Art Exhibition in London, which will run from August to November 2008. The exhibition will be held at at Westminster Reference Library and St John's Wood Library. It's a great opportunity to exhibit work by new an established artists. Highlights include talks by Akemi Solloway on How Manga and Anime's costume is connected with Japanese traditional Culture, plus traditional Japanese dancing, music, and origami.

Read More... | Source: Akemi Solloway

British Theme for Fuji Rock Festival 2008

Date: Sunday 27th July 2008 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have an interesting article about this years Fuji Rock Festival, which has a British theme, to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Japan.

With Union Flags flying everywhere, the article states that many are wearing British themed outfits.
"British acts including The Courteeners, Hard-Fi, Primal Scream and headliners Underworld shared the main stage with Japanese performers on Saturday."

The article also highlights that the Fuji Rock Festival was inspired by Glastonbury.
"We call it the Fuji experience. It is like Glastonbury, but has been perfected in that Japanese way," says the festival's international organiser, Johnnie Fingers (also known as the founding member of The Boomtown Rats).

Source: BBC News

London Barbican Osamu Tezuka Season

Date: Thursday 17th July 2008 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received some exciting news from the London Barbican about a special Osamu Tezuka Season they'll be running from Thursday 18th to Wednesday 24th of September 2008.

The season is curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy (who's written tons of good books and articles on anime and manga). The line is up a great showcase of Tezuka's work, with The Film Is Alive: Osamu Tezuka Filmography looking especially interesting, as it we're certain Helen will bring an informative take on the panel with the event.

Osamu Tezuka is the granddaddy of anime and manga, without doubt the most influential and inspiration artist, as always with these events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Manga Jiman '150'- Japanese Embassy in UK launch manga competition

Date: Monday 16th June 2008 [6:28] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Culture

Time to get drawing! The Japanese embassy in the UK has launched another manga contest. This time on the theme of '150'. Entrants must be over fourteen and live in the U.K, the manga must be between six and eight pages. The closing date is the 26 September.
Prizes are as follows:
The amazing First Prize is two (2) return air tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways!

The Second Prize is a fabulous TOSHIBA laptop computer.

Third Prize is a superb RICOH digital camera.

Source: Embassy of Japan (UK)

Yamato Drummers new show UK premiere

Date: Thursday 7th February 2008 [5:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Yamato Drummers of Japan will be performing the UK premiere of their new show Shin-on in London from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 30th of March. Fans of the traditional Taiko drumming will certainly be in for a treat, and if you haven't seen such a performance before, this is a rare chance to see such a special show. Performances will be in the Peacock Theatre, and as always with popular events, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Peacock Theatre

Imagine FX magazine goes manga style

Date: Monday 21st January 2008 [23:07] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Art

This month's dose of Imagine FX will be manga flavoured, featuring articles on anime as well as manga workshops and manga Q & A. With the booming of amateur manga coming from the UK right now, it can only be a good thing!

I would personally recommend Imagine FX magazine to any CG artist or illustrator. It is beautifully presented, with detailed articles and a wide, varied selection of artists. They have featured articles on manga/anime based artwork and software before, so it was inevitable a whole issue would be released. It is a welcome joy!

Source: Imagine FX

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