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A request to our visitors, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Those who have cold symptoms such as coughs and who are not feeling
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A request to our visitors, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 

A request to our visitors, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Those who have cold symptoms such as coughs and who are not feeling
well, please do not visit the museum.

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The Bride's Stories

by Kaoru Mori

2022/9/17(Sat) 〜 12/26(Sun)
Closures : Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Nov 24 (Thu)
* However, the museum will open on Nov 23 (Wed)

‘The Bride's Stories’ is set in Central Asia during mid-19th Century and depicts the ‘Otoyome’ (beautiful brides) encountered by the English traveler Mr. Smith. Manga artist Kaoru Mori began the series in 2008 and it continues to be a popular work to this day. In addition to the fascinating characters and stories, and the gorgeous meticulously drawn artwork, this manga also vividly expresses the culture and life of Central Asia in which it is set, and it has garnered support from a wide range of fans.

In the exhibition ‘The Bride's Stories by Kaoru Mori’ you can take your time to enjoy the magnificent world of the brides through a collection of more than 100 impressive original drawings, featuring black and white manga manuscripts and color artwork.
Please come to experience the escapades of the Smith party, the main protagonist Amir and other brides, as well as the atmosphere of Central Asia, through Kaoru Mori's hand-drawn illustrations.

Venue

2F Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Hours

10:30 - 17:30 (admission until 17:00)
*On the 9/17 and 18, 10:30 - 19:30 (admission until 19:00)

Fee

Free
* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required
*On Friday Nov 4, admission to the museum is free because it is Kansai Culture Day.

Online Ticket

*Same-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket vending machine at the entrance on the day of the event.
*You can purchase the admission ticket at the ticket vending machine when you enter the museum on the day you visit, or you can purchase it online in advance.

About ‘The Bride’s Stories’

A long-form story drawn in omnibus format by manga artist Kaoru Mori, ‘The Bride’s Stories’ depicts the lives of nomads and settlers living in Central Asia in the mid-19th Century, focusing on their ‘brides’.
It began serialization in 2008 and is currently published in the manga magazine Aokishi (Kadokawa). 13 volumes have been published to date, and from 2021 a ‘wide edition’ comic that can be read in a size close to the original manuscript has also been published.
In addition to winning the grand prize at the 2014 Manga Awards, it has been translated for international markets and has won a variety of domestic and international awards.

The Bride’s Stories by Kaoru Mori
© Kaoru Mori
© KADOKAWA CORPORATION 2022

Profile of Kaoru Mori

Born in 1978, Mori debuted with the manga ‘Emma’ in Monthly Comic Beam (Enterbrain).
Known as ‘maid lover’, the story of ‘Emma’ does not depict the kinds of maids seen today in maid cafes and cosplay, but rather, faithfully portrays the maids of 1800s Victorian England based on historical research.
The popular work was adapted into an anime in 2005. An extra edition was published in 2006, and ‘Emma’ won the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival’s Manga Division Excellence Award.
‘The Bride’s Stories’ began serialization from October 2008.

The Bride’s Stories by Kaoru Mori
© Kaoru Mori
© KADOKAWA CORPORATION 2022

About recognition as a commemorative project of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the five Central Asian nations

The exhibition ‘The Bride’s Stories by Kaoru Mori’ has been recognized as a ‘commemorative project of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the five Central Asian nations.’ This commemorates the 30th year anniversary in 2022 of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the five Central Asian nations, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. This recognition has been authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the official logo was designed by Kaoru Mori.

‘Commemorative project of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the five Central Asian nations’ official logo
© Kaoru Mori
© KADOKAWA CORPORATION 2022

About the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair

Western Japan’s largest manga and anime trade fair. Main exhibitors include various businesses and organizations, which aim to spread and boost the manga and anime industry and educational institutions. Each booth features a display of popular manga and anime series, many events, PR activities for brand-new collections, and special goods sales.

Organizers
Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair Executive Committee
Manga artist
Kaoru Mori
Cooperating with
Aokishi editorial department
Planning and production and Cooperating with
KADOKAWA CORPORATION*Due to the spread of COVID-19, the schedule and content of the exhibition and museum closure can change. Thank you for your understanding.