JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters
On exhibit through September 7, 2014 at the Young at Art Museum in Davie.
Organized by: The Japan Foundation & Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.
As Hello Kitty! celebrates its 40th anniversary, Young At Art Museum will open international traveling exhibition JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters, showcasing the history of Japan’s affinity for and fame of its world-renowned and beloved characters, beginning in the 1950s with Astro Boy through to the 2000s with Pokémon and more.
• Meet Hello Kitty, Ultraman, Gundam, Pikachu, Rei Ayanami from Evangelion, Namisuke, and Sento.
• Travel through time with the history of characters from the 50’s to the 00’s.
• Watch examples of animations with iconic characters from each decade.
• Learn how Japanese people are inspired by characters and how they welcome them in their daily lives.
• Take a look at a typical Japanese teen’s bedroom filled with colorful cuteness!
• Watch animation created by current independent artists using net-based programs.
• Meet several character figures at the Akihabara section.
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