Special Exhibition: Shifting the Everyday – The Japanese Everyday as Witnessed in JOJOLION

October 7, 2014

Special Exhibition “Shifting the Everyday – The Japanese Everyday as Witnessed in JOJOLION” at Lucca Comics and Games 2014.

An exhibition the Shifting the Everyday is being organized for Lucca Comics and Games 2014,  Europe’s oldest comic festival, which will be taking place in Lucca, Italy from Saturday 18 October to Sunday 2 November.

Japan Media Arts Festival Special Exhibition
“Shifting the Everyday – The Japanese Everyday as Witnessed in JOJOLION”
PeriodSaturday18 October – Sunday2November 2014
VenuePalazzo Ducale – Piazza Napoleone, 1, Lucca, Italy

Organizer:Lucca Comics and Games
Co-organizer:Japan Media Arts Festival
Planning Director:ITO Yu (Research assistant, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University)
Project advisor:YOSHIOKA Hiroshi(Professor,Aesthetics and Art Theory, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University)
MOURI Yoshitaka(Sociology, Musical Creativity and the Environment, Tokyo University of the Artsy)

Theme and Plan

Manga and animation are usually viewed as entertainment rather than art in Japan. And they usually tend to be consumed in the midst of everyday activities, much in the same manner as eating a meal or taking a bath. Manga books are commonly found in restaurants, and people often read them in the bath or toilet.

The “everyday” has very much been a theme for contemporary art in Japan since the 2000s. The artists often slightly modify everyday objects. Their slightly different take on the “everyday” provides us with a critical perspective. The “everyday” could be regarded as the keyword in the present drawing together of entertainment (in the form of manga and animation) and art.

The significance of the media arts lies not just in providing parallels, but in providing the slightly different take on the everyday found in contemporary art to the everyday around us.

Gaining an awareness that popular culture in the form of manga, animation, and games, which merely seem to be products for entertainment, can also be a critical tool for a slightly different perspective on the everyday is one of the objectives of this exhibition. Visitors will hopefully recognize that this tool very much exists around them in the everyday, rather than in art museums and difficult philosophical tracts.

The exhibition will feature the manga JOJOLION by Hirohiko ARAKI, the animated productions of The Tatami Galaxy by Masaaki YUASA and Airy Me by Yoko KUNO, as well as a series of videos JSCO, H2Orzx and Yamanomichi by SHINCHIKA. They provide a slightly different vantage point on the everyday.

Planning Director:ITO Yu

ITO Yu (Research Assistant, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University)

Born 1974. Ph.D course Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University. Specializes in manga and folklore. Interested in manga and museums and methodology for the study of modern social phenomena that is the basis for study of everyday objects around us. Currently research assistant at International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University. Involved in numerous manga exhibitions at the Kyoto International Manga Museum and other venues. Co-author of Manga Myujium he ikou (Iwanami Shoten, 2014), Yokaiga no Fukei (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2009). Directed exhibitions of manga by Fujio Akatsuka (2011), and manga by Seiki Tsuchida (2014)

Japan Media Arts Festival Special Exhibition will be held at Lucca Comics and Games 2014.
(First annoucement July 2014)

“Lucca Comics and Games 2014”


Period: Thursday, October 30 – Sunday, November 2, 2014
Place: Piazza S. Romano and other locations in old city of Lucca, Italy

Special Exhibition of Japan Media Arts Festival (Title to be determined)
Period: Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, November 2, 2014
Venue: Palazzo Ducale, Lucca, Italy
Organizer: Lucca Comics and Games
Co-organizer: Japan Media Arts Festival

Inaugurated in 1966, “Lucca Comics and Games” is a major and traditional comic festival in Europe. Every year, it takes place in the walled town of Lucca near Pisa, Italy, from the end of October to the beginning of November. Today, during its period, various events are held, highlighting Comics, Junior, Music, Games, Japan Palace and Movies.

The Japan Media Arts Festival has participated in the “Lucca Comics and Games” convention since 2013. Last year, Mr. Yoot Saito was sent to Lucca. He is a Japanese game designer who received the Japan Media Arts Festival 2000 Digital Art (Interactive Art) Division Excellence Award. At “Lucca Comics and Games 2013,” Mr. Saito gave a presentation on his know-how of developing games, including console games and smartphone games.

This year, the special exhibition of the Japan Media Arts Festival will be held at Palazzo Ducale, the main exhibition venue for Comics, under the co-direction of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, government of Japan. This special exhibition is designed to introduce such unique expression abilities and artist skills as seen in the media arts of Japan.

In particular, original pictures drawn by Mr. ARAKI Hirohiko for JOJOLION will be exhibited. Mr. Araki received the Japan Media Arts Festival 2014 Manga Division Grand Prize for his pursuit of the theme of “celebration of humanity” and frame layout expressions as well as for having performed a challenge to develop a story from fiction to reality. In addition, contemporary Japanese creativity, as manifested in image and sound works, games and animations, will be introduced.

Excerpt from a press release (July 3, 2014) of “Lucca Comics and Games 2014”
Mr. ARAKI Hirohiko has nurtured a very special relationship with Italy.

Among his manga works published in Italy is Baoh, one of his early works. The original video animation (OVA) with the same title has made Mr. Araki a regular favorite in Italy. In 2013, he collaborated with Gucci, an Italian fashion brand, and his works were decorated with the windows of Gucci stores around the world.

Mr. Araki’s representative manga Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has been carried in a Japanese publication for nearly 30 years. Some of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure series, made up of Part I through Part VIII, were also published in Italy. This long-running manga has been extremely successful in the comics market, still continuing to influence many fields. Locales and characters with Italian names appear quite often in it. Mr. Araki creates powerful facial expressions of characters, their sturdy physiques often with complex poses, and colorful, elaborate costumes so stylishly. “Stands,” or supernatural powers, which are used in fighting, are expressed felicitously as a visible fantasy.