The Kyoto International Manga Museum is honored to hold an exhibition to introduce “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” (Asahi Shimbun Publications) created by Kono Fumiyo, who is known for “In This Corner of the World” and more.
In the manga, manga symbols, also called mampu in Japanese, are explained by using modernized characters of “Choju jimbutsu giga” *, one of the national treasures that the “Tera (temple) town=Kyoto”, is very proud of. This exhibition showcases precious original drawings of the manga and it also explains the world of mampu in detail.

*“Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans” emakimono (picture scrolls) from 12th or 13th century, collected by Kosan-ji temple.

What’s “mampu”?

What’s “mampu”?

Mampu means manga symbols, such asnoteangerupset

Let’s take a look at how mampu are used in manga!



Inside the venue 2

2018/11/26 Inside the venue 2☆

Ta-dah! So exhibition venue became such a fun site as you can see! You should come and see those rare original manuscripts too!

Inside the venue

2018/11/10 Inside the venue☆

Take a little peek of the exhibition! It's starting to look goodWAKU o(^o^)o WAKU


2018/11/10 The secret of flyer

See through flyer using tracing paper is printed from both side to complete a 4 panels manga.


2018/11/10 Starting from November 22!!

Finally the exhibition "GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN" is starting from 22nd! These are the designs for poster(left) and flyer(right)



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    Know the world of “Mampu”

    People who live in Japan, which is overflowing with manga in everyday life, understand mampu and freely use them as a communication tool, even though no one has taught them how. At the exhibition, 10 pieces of well-known mampu that are also introduced in the manga “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” will be explained in detail with some examples of other manga/comics from all ages and countries. There are also photo areas where you can physically enjoy mampu.

    • 漫符体験1
    • 漫符体験2
    • 漫符体験3
    • 漫符体験4
    Photo spot

    Share the photos with "#gigateraten" on the SNS!!

    No photography is allowed at Kyoto International Manga Museum, for the most part.

    However, you are allowed to take pictures at the exhibition rooms of “GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN” (Galleries 1, 2 and 3).

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    Savor the original manga drawings

    Wandering rabbit

    “Giga Town: A catalog of manga symbols” interprets each mampu with a 4-panel manga on a page. Kono Fumiyo, the author, is an innovative manga artist who always experiments with different drawing styles and materials depending on the theme of the manga. Savoring lively strokes on the original drawings will be a very good chance to discover her experiments.

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    Only available here!!


    Kono made drawing specially for the exhibition which you only can see at the exhibition venue.

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    Always open

    Let’s make a “collection of manga symbols” together!

    Let’s search for and bring manga that has some of the manga symbols showcased at this exhibition from the museum shelves. Then, let’s make a “collection of the manga symbols” together!

    • <How to do it>
    • 1. Search for and bring manga that has one of those 10 manga symbols showcased in this room from the museum shelves.
    • 2. Put a post-it note, that has a manga symbol on it, on the page that you can find the manga symbol. (Please make sure to put only one post-it per book.)
    • 3. Put the book(s) on the book shelves with the corresponding manga symbol on it.



    ①State of Shirome (white eyes)
    ②State of being traumatized
    ③Being astonished and disgusted. Considered to be a parody of ②

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    Always open
    Workshop 2

    Let’s make original manga symbols!

    Come and try to make original “mampu” (manga symbols) with us. Some funny mampu could be used by professional manga artists and live on in history?!

    • <How to do it>
    • 1. Please draw your original mampu (symbol) and write the explanation on the worksheet prepared here. There are two sections: the theme section and free section.
    • 2. When you are done, please hang it on the wall.



We have made some special goods that you can buy only at the Kyoto International Manga Museum for this exhibition. Please do not miss your chance!

  • Mampu T-shirt (NINJA INK)

    Mampu T-shirt (NINJA INK)


  • Mampu T-shirt

    Mampu T-shirt

    ¥2,800 each

  • Toilet paper

    Toilet paper


    Masking tape

    Masking tape

    ¥450 each

  • Japanese towel

    Japanese towel


    A set of postcards (4 cards in a set)

    A set of postcards
    (4 cards in a set)


  • A set of clear files (2 files in a set)

    A set of clear files
    (2 files in a set)


    Drawings specially made for the exhibition Postcard is one design only

    Drawing specially made for the exhibition
    Postcard is one design only


※Prices are all tax included.

※The goods could look different from the images above.



GIGA TOWN in TERA TOWN -a catalog of manga symbols by KONO FUMIYO
November 22, 2018[Thu]~April 2, 2019[Tue]
Open hours
10:00 – 18:00 (Admission until 17:30)
Every Wednesday, December 26, 2018–January 4, 2019 and February 4–8, 2019
Kyoto International Manga Museum 2F Gallery 1, 2 and 3
(Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan)

* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required

Kyoto International Manga Museum / Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center
Asahi Shimbun Publications
Kyoto International Manga Museum

TEL:+81 75-254-7414
FAX:+81 75-254-7424

Kono Fumiyo


Born in Hiroshima in 1968. She made her debut with “Machikado Hana dayori” in 1995. In 2005, she won the 9th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Creative award) and the 8 th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga award with “Yunagi no machi, sakura no kuni”(Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms). The same title has also been made into a movie and a TV series. She also got the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga award (Excellence award) with another manga of hers titled “Kono sekai no katasumini” (In This Corner of the World), that delicately portrays daily life in Kure city in Hiroshima prefecture during the pacific war. An animated film based on the manga (directed by Katabuchi Sunao) has also impressed various audiences. Some of the original drawings of the manga were showcased at the exhibition “Manga and War” at the Manga Museum.
There are many other brilliant works such as “Nagai michi” and “Kokko-san”, which describe daily life in a humorous way, “Heibon club” and “Borupen (Ballpoint pen) Kojiki” that show experimental visual expressions and more.

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