“This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA” features the work of internationally acclaimed Japanese manga artist, Naoki Urasawa, Taking place January 23 to March 28, 2019, the retrospective exhibition will introduce more than 400 original drawings and storyboards, selected stories from seven of his major works, and deliver four consecutive YAWARA! stories every other week replicating the weekly serial style of many Japanese comic anthologies. Selling over 127 million copies in Japan alone, Urasawa’s dynamic storytelling captivates a global audience as his works are published in more than 20 countries.

The exhibition introduces manga, a Japanese comic style –which is a fusion of story and artwork, evolving from picture book styles developed in the late 19th century –directly through Urasawa’s manga including his original hand-drawn storyboards from inception through development. The selected stories from seven of his major works highlight the breadth of the artist’s narrative styles, including: YAWARA!, MONSTER, 20th Century Boys, PLUTO (story by Osamu Tezuka, co-authored by Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions), BILLY BAT (story co-creator: Takashi Nagasaki), MASTER KEATON ReMASTER (story by Takashi Nagasaki), and MUJIRUSHI (The Sign of Dreams, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions).

There will be a book signing and interview with Naoki Urasawa the evening of Jan. 23. For more information, visit the website: www.japanhousela.com.