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Kyoto International Manga Museum: Manga Museum (京都国際マンガミュージアム)


General Information

Kyoto International Manga Museum
Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846

About the Museum:

The Kyoto International Manga Museum (MM) was opened in 2006 as the first manga culture center in Japan.  Since its opening, MM has been collecting, preserving, and presenting manga related materials.  MM also serves as a research facility for scholars who are studying manga culture in Japan as well as other countries. 

MM is jointly operated by the city of Kyoto and Kyoto Seika University (KSU).  KSU's fine arts department started offering cartoon courses in 1973, followed by the establishment of the Department of Cartoon & Comic Art in the Faculty of Arts in 2000. The following year, the Manga Culture Research Institute was established, and  the Manga faculty was created in 2006. MM is also the manga culture research center for KSU. 

Currently, MM holds a total of about 300,000 items: 250,000 items in the archives, and 50,000 items in the Wall of Manga section (manga from 1970's to present).

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Summary of Collections

Collection Size: 300,000 volumes

Notable Collection(s):

  • Japan Punch: Published by Charles Wirgman (1862 -1887)
  • Eshinbun Nihonchi : Japan's first manga magazine (1874- )
  • Tōkyo PakkuJapan's first children's magazine (1907- )
  • The Wall of Manga: About 50,000 manga publications, shelved throughout the building
  • Norakuro and Pre-war, Post-war Manga: Special shelves featuring Norakuro and other popular Pre-war and Post-war manga.

Manga Expo: About 5,300 manga publications from North America, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand as well as Japanese manga translated into different languages.


How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum

To visit the Museum, please refer to the "User Guide" section in the museum web site. Admission fee is required for each visit.

Research Reference Room Schedule: 

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