Who would think that Buddha and Jesus
would be taking a gap year in downtown of Tokyo?
I’m Nicole Rousmaniere.
I’m the IFAC, Handa curator of Japanese arts.
Welcome to my corner.
Japanese manga is a very specific way of storytelling.
And what’s so compelling about it isthat it really draws you in,
and these stories are everyday stories,
they’re historical stories,
they’re fictional stories, they’re ghost stories,
they’re stories that are really from Japan
or Japan’s interaction with other countries.
And this really is a potent form
that we think fits very well with the British Museum’s collecting practice.
The British Museum is not so much about the object itself,
it’s about the hand that made that object,
it’s about what those objects tell us about the culture,
it’s about what we can communicate through these objects,
what are people when they’re looking at this,
what do they see, what do they read and what does it tell us.
And manga is a particularly powerful form,
because it is so visually graphic.
Neil MacGregor, the former director of the British Museum said,
um, I would like a manga of the British Museum,
it was amazing that he thought of that
and I went, obviously, to…
His drawing is exquisite, he he just makes history come alive,
he um, makes these stories that are
just so compelling that you have to read them
and we thought he would be perfect.
It took us a year to to get through but we finally did.
And in 2009, after a visit to Sapporo,
to his studio to tell him about the British Museum,
we managed to entice him for the first time to England.
These are two drawings that Hoshino sensei
made for us at the British Museum and are in our collections now.
He created these from the second trip to the British Museum
to do further research.
This is a typical gag manga.
This is Professor munakata looking at the Rosetta Stone,
but the writing is gone.
And he’s actually turned into the Rosetta Stone.
But if you look at this one, I think this one is particularly important.
Here we have professor Munakata, pointing out across the ocean,
我们觉得 他可能身处日本 指向我们
we’re thinking of him perhaps in Japan pointing out towards us
or maybe he’s in British Museum pointing out towards Japan.
We have our Japanese,
some parts of our Japanese armour right here that’s in the collection,
the Sutton Hoo helmet is looming large and something has shifted.
If we look very carefully,
we see Britain, we see Europe,
and what he’s saying is through the objects in the British Museum,
you see the world.
What’s different about the British Museum to other museums
is you can look at these treasures from
and and really important objects from all different parts of the world,
and you find out about yourself.
It’s not about… you can find out about them,
but it’s more about kind of an internal exploration.
So through the objects, we see what we are,
we see what other people are and we come out somehow changed.
This may be a bit of a surprise,
but I think you’ll enjoy it.
Nakamura Hikaru is a young female artist
who’s incredibly talented,she…her series
Arakawa Under the Bridge talked
about a homeless group of people that was living
under a bridge in Tokyo,
her other very very hot series
which also started in a different magazine called Morning Sue
this one is published by Kodansha
chronicles Buddha and Jesus taking a gap year
in downtown Tokyo they’re living in a very small flat.
Right here and here they’re having dinner together,
and they always wear fantastic t-shirt slogan t-shirts
and go through very many different types of adventures and issues together.
So this series has been quite compelling,
you can see Jesus and Buddha creating manga together,
actually it’s Buddha who is really
interested in becoming a Manga artist.
They have all sorts of different adventures,
going to different places,
but what I really wanted to explain is
how manga can take topics that are taboo
topics that are emotional topics,
that are very close to one’s heart that you
常人所不能讲的话题 它们用 剧情线
normally can’t speak about and yet they can through their magic of the line
and through the storylines and also the visual power
can really shift your ideas about things
Who would think that Buddha and Jesus would
be taking a gap year in downtown Tokyo?
Who would think that they were having these adventures?
who would think that they
would have a debate if they see a cockroach
in their bedding whether it should be killed or not?
These topics actually can seem ridiculous
or spurious but they’re actually quite deep
and,and quite doctrinal.
Nakamura sensei works with scholars and
and does a lot of research
and so her work is quite sensitive,
it’s not provocative in a bad way,
what it’s trying to do is
is make us look and rethink about things.
Manga is often about disasters,
there are many Mangas about the Fukushima disaster 3/11,
but also about Hiroshima many ofyou may know, Barefoot Gen…
some of these Mangas are incredibly sad,
some of them are really painful,
but what’s more important is that they’re cathartic,
through them we can release our fears,
through them we can rethink our ideas,
through them we have a space to to find our own beliefs
and our own imagination.
I believe all of you can find your own Manga,
there is a manga for everyone and what is so exciting
about what we’re doing at the British Museum
is we’re trying to bring this to you and and show you
that there is a choice and show you the role that Manga plays
not just in Japan but worldwide and now growingly on the web.
Thank you very much for joining me on our Manga adventure today.
There are many more curators that
are doing many different types of adventures
through the British Museum YouTubechannel, I hope you’ll all subscribe.
But first of all I want you to tell us what you would like to see,
what is your favorite Manga and what manga you would like
to see the British Museum collect.
Please write it in on the comment section
and subscribe to the YouTube channel of the British Museum, thanks.