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Pop Culture Exhibition - Japan: Kingdom of Characters

Pop Culture Exhibition - Japan: Kingdom of Characters
Map showing Gus Fisher Gallery

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When:

  • Wed 9 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 12 Jan ’13, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon 14 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 16 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 17 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 19 Jan ’13, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon 21 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 22 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 23 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 24 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 25 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 26 Jan ’13, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon 28 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 29 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 30 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 31 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Feb ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Tickets:

  • Free Admission

Do you remember Astro Boy? Have you ever owned anything emblazoned with hello kitty? Have you or any person you know become addicted to the iconic Pokemon?

Welcome to the world of Japanese Characters. Featuring life-sized figures from Hello Kitty, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mobile Suit Gundam and more, the exhibition will be accompanied with panels, film and character-related products allowing into obsessive phenomenon of Japan's world of characters. Whether you are a dedicated fan, a curious visitor, or just in for a nostalgic journey, " Japan: Kingdom of Characters will inform and delight.

What exactly are "characters"? Why do "characters" appear and become popular? What kind of social reality do they reflect? Interest in Japanese subculture, particularly anime and manga, has been increasing rapidly all over the world.

In response, the Japan Foundation has focused on the country's obsession with characters in this exhibition, which not only gives visitors a peek inside the subculture, but also examines the impact they have had on Japanese society.

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