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  • Italian government honors Thermae Romae mangaka with the Star of Italy

    The Italian government has a prestigious award for foreigners and expatriates called the Star of Italy. They give it out to people who contribute and promote the ” growth of Italian culture and friendly relations between Italy and other countries”. However, they don’t give it to just anyone, and getting one is a huge achievement as it’s also an honorary knighthood. Now, the Italian government has given one to a mangaka for the first time. Of course, this mangaka is none other that Thermae Romae’s Mari Yamazaki.


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    To be exact, the Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy, Commendatore (Commander, third class). This would make her a recognised knight in Italy. She received the award/honorary knighthood in the Italian Ambassador to Japan’s residence.

    And the mangaka is actually very fond of “Europe’s Big Boot”, and this may be because she actually lived there for a while. In fact, she wrote plenty of essays, as well as other works about Italy itself, including manga. She displays her knowledge of Italy in her critically-acclaimed manga series, Thermae Romae. Her other Italy-inspired work, BVLGARI o Tsukutta Otoko – Sotirios Voulgaris, focused on Bulgari’s founder, Sotirios Voulgaris.

    Her achievements in manga seem to be enough for Italy itself to recognise her work. Congratulations Commendatore Mari Yamazaki!

    Source: Comic Natalie


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