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.