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Takemiya Keiko Festival -Manga Culture in Japan

Date: Sep 19 - 21, 2007
Place: Presentations at the Asian Centre, UBC, and UBC Robson Square
Host: sponsored by CJR, Asian Studies UBC and the President's Advisory Committee on Le

Invited Public Lectures by Professor Keiko Takemiya, Seika University, Kyoto.

Shojo Manga Festival: A Celebration of Japanese Popular Culture During the week of September 17-21 the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC will host famed manga artist Takemiya Keiko, one of the pioneers of shojo manga (manga for girls) and the boy-love subgenre, who is now a professor in the first Manga Studies department in Japan at Kyoto Seika Daigaku. Professor Takemiya has published a large number of extremely popular manga serials, including Kaze to ki no uta (The Song of the Wind and the Tree), and the science fiction story Chikyu e (recently translated into English as To Terra). Professor Takemiya will be accompanied by well-known manga critic Fujimoto Yukari, author of multiple books and articles about shojo manga. While in Vancouver, Professor Takemiya will be taking part in several events. All are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 19th Book signing at the UBC bookstore.

Professor Takemiya will be signing copies of the English translation of her critically acclaimed 3-volume manga, Chikyu e (To Terra) from 12-1:30. Prior to that event the UBC bookstore has set up a "Takemiya corner" near the front information desk, where several of Professor Takemiya's books are available for sale.

Thursday, Sept. 20th Display of manga art and lecture. From 3-4:30 the Auditorium of the Asian Centre at UBC will be the site for a display of some of Professor Takemiya's original manga art, a showing of the anime series Chikyu e, and other materials relevant to manga past and present. The display will be available for viewing on Friday, Sept. 21st as well. From 5-7 Professor Takemiya will give a lecture, "Shojo Manga Power! Girl Comics from Japan," followed by a panel discussion featuring manga critic and editor Fujimoto Yukari and Professor Masami Toku.

Friday, Sept. 21st Public lecture.

Professor Takemiya will give a lecture, "The Role of Manga in Contemporary Culture," in the Main Theater at UBC's Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver, 800 Robson Street (near the Vancouver Art Gallery), followed by a panel discussion.

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Sponsored by the Centre for Japanese Research, the Department of Asian Studies, and the UBC President's Advisory Committee on Lectures.

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