The Power of Manga: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori

Exihition Outline

Dreams, hopes, courage...'the Power of Manga' inspires us in a variety of emotions. Today, manga has developed into an international culture but this position was only achieved through the work of 'the God of Manga', Osamu Tezuka, who broadened the range of its possibilities, and the 'King of Manga', Shotaro Ishinomori, who worked in unison with Tezuka to develop the medium. Their works, which are characterized by endearing images, unique characters and universal themes, continue to attract people to this day.

In an effort to explore the origins of 'The Power of Manga', this exhibition look at the original artwork, videos, etc., of their most famous works, including 'Astro Boy' and 'Black Jack', or 'Cyborg 009' and 'Kamen Rider', and consider the various messages they contain. We will also present works created in homage to these two great manga artists by contemporary celebrities from many fields who were strongly influenced by their work, offering a view of the various approaches that have been taken to the field of manga. This exhibition offers a unique chance to experience 'The Power of Manga' which surpasses time and has transformed the world.

Exhibition Information

Period: June 29 (Sat) - September 8 (Sun), 2013
Closed on: Mondays (except July.15), July.16
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-18:00)
Please note that we have long opening hours(10:00-21:00) on the following dates (all Fridays)
July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6,
*Last admittance to the exhibition gallery- 30 minutes before closing.
Admission: Adult: ¥1,200 (¥960) / University & College Student, Over 65yrs old: ¥900 (¥720) /
High School & Junior High School Student: ¥700( ¥560) / Free for Elementary School & Under
*( ) Price for a group, over 20 people
*Free entry to MOT Collection for ticket holders
Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/ NHK/ NHK Promotions Inc.
With the assistance of: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan/ Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Equipments provided by: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
  • Cyborg 009 by Shotaro Ishinomori ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC.

  • Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka ©TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS

  • Ecchan by Shotaro Ishinomori ©TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS

  • Princess Knight Osamu Tezuka ©TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS


  • Sabu and Ichi's Detective Stories by Shotaro Ishinomori ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC.

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