Free admission to the Kyoto International Manga Museum This Week

Currently the museum is exhibiting “She Draws Comics: 100 Years of American Women Cartoonists” with Wednesday the 27th of January being a special open day for the museum with the opening of the Kyoto Seika University Graduation Exhibition. Student works will be on display. Also, from Wednesday the 27th to Sunday the 31st of January during the Kyoto Seika University Graduation Exhibition admission to the museum will be free.

Phoenix Unleashed at the Kyoto International Manga Museum

A sculpture of Phoenix appeared in Kyoto International Manga Museum on September 22nd.

This Phoenix is from the manga series of the same name written by Osamu Tezuka.

The statue is made by the same sculptors that have sculpted Buddha in Japan. And it’s big! The Phoenix has a width of 11 meters and a height of 4.5 meters. That’s more than 35 feet wide and almost 15 feet tall.

Busshi (traditional Buddhist sculptor) Mitsuaki Sudo and his workers have been carving the sculpture out of red pine since the end of last year. The sculpture is made similarly to buddha sculpture, such as in the use of lacquered gold foil and “Gyokugan,” which means glass is fitted in for its eyes. All in all it took six months to finish this beautiful piece of art.

At its unveiling ceremony, Sudo said, “The Phoenix is the bird that has the energy to fly in the universe, so I hope young people feel hopes for tomorrow.”