Japanese cartoon characters make a mark in HCMC

An exhibition titled “JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters” featuring popular cartoon characters of Japan is being held at the Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition House from now until December 4.

The Japanese anime and manga forms have attracted worldwide attention. These animated characters are printed on bank passbooks, train ticket passes and also presented as mascots at local police stations. They seem to have permeated every aspect of Japanese daily life.

The current exhibition will help answer many a visitors’ curious query. What exactly is a character? Why are they so popular? What kind of society do these characters reflect and what kind of influence do they have on that society? And finally, where is the Japanese character culture headed?

Viewers at the exhibition will have a chance to enjoy popular characters like Astro Boy, Ultraman, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Pokemon, Haruhi Suzumura, Sentokun, Hikonyan and Namisuke through standing figures, panels and DVD’s.

The exhibition will also give audiences a comprehensive view of the culture, history and background of the characters, the Japanese people’s love for them and the future of these characters in Japanese contemporary society.

By T.Hang – Translated by Kim Khanh

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