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Friday, Aug. 21, 2009

Laugh along with mangameister Fujio Akatsuka

Staff writer

Fans of pioneering manga artist Fujio Akatsuka (1935-2008) will be able to soak up more of his jokes, his manga works and details of his colorful life at an exhibition at the Matsuya department store in Tokyo's central Ginza district.

The exhibition, titled "Tsuito Akatsuka Fujio Ten: Gyagu De Kakenuketa Nanaju-ninen" ("In Memory of the late Fujio Akatsuka: 72 years Spent Cracking Jokes"), will start Aug. 26 and run through Sept. 7.

The exhibits include more than 200 handwritten manuscripts of the artist's famous comic series, ranging from "Tensai Bakabon" ("The Genius Bakabon"), to "Osomatsu-kun" ("Little Osomatsu") and "Himitsu no Akko-chan" ("Akko-chan's Secret"). Anime videos of his works will also be shown.

Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥700 for high school and college students, and free for junior high school students and those younger. For more details, visit www.fujio72.com

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