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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Exploring the world on manga — where to get started?


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Hisashi Sakata
Public servant, 30
All Japanese know about "doko de mo door," the "everywhere door." In Doraemon, the manga about a robotic cat, you can use the door to travel anywhere you want to go. We can dream of escaping wherever we want to go!

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Takeshi Mochida
Import/export, 28
"Ge ge ge no kitaro" is a manga about monsters, ghosts and spirits in Japan. The main character is a nine-year-old kid. The story is an adventurous fantasy that shows the vicious side of human nature. I love that.

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Jack Shaw
Editor, 25
A lot of manga art relates to innocence and promoting naiivety to preserve this artificial world. Check the modern art culture in Japan. Eiko Muira works with dolls of manga characters and is good at creating concepts of reality.

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Conor Hanratty
Theater director, 24
I studied Japanese contemporary culture before I came here and I don't really like manga. There are a lot involving incest, particularly mother-son relationships. It can be weird and its part of the arrested development I feel here.

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Yoshiko Hachiya
Boutique owner, 28
If you are interested in the history of Japan, I recommend Asaki Umemishi. This manga is set in the Heian period and the story is linked with the royal family. It's about a high society love affair. It's popular because it's easy to understand.

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Mami Taneda
Real estate, 27
Hayao Miyazaki is a famous anime director. He has helped make cartoons accepted globally. He has made many movies set in strange worlds. Kids and adults can see important messages about society and relationships.



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