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January 15, 2007

Girl Power: Girls' Comics from Japan: An Exhibit

For Immediate Release

Girl Power!
Girls' Comics from Japan
An exhibit

Japan Information and Culture Center, Washington D.C.

This international touring exhibit features historic Japanese manga, with a special emphasis on shojo manga--comic books for girls. The exhibit features 23 renowned shojo manga creators and more than 200 works from World War II to the present. The pieces in this exhibit come together for the first and only time in Washington D.C.

The medium reflects the evolution of the social roles of Japanese girls and women during this period. The exhibition also documents how the visual composition of manga mirrors the developments in Japanese aesthetics.

Curated by Dr. Masami Toku, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at California State University Chico, "Girl Power!" has toured throughout North and South America <Details at:>.

Opening lecture:
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 in the UICC Auditorium, from 6:30 p.m.
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Join us for a special opening talk by Masami Toku, curator and general director of the Shojo Manga Project. Dr. Toku will provide an opening lecture for this exhibition, offering insights into the featured works as well as the artists themselves. Refreshments will be served and exhibition catalogue will be available < >.

Co-Sponsored by:
Japan Information and Culture Center
The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc.
The Japan Foundation, New York
California State University, Chico