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  • Check out the “Manga Design Exhibition in Singapore JCC”, 21st July to 11th August!

    Come to Japan Creative Centre (JCC) and indulge in the world of Japanese Manga at “Connecting the World: Manga Design Exhibition in Singapore“! Manga Designers Lab. from Japan will demonstrate the charm and how manga design, which combines digital graphics and social media, can create a new method of connecting Japan to the world beyond language.

    © Manga Designers Lab.

    Furthermore, in conjunction with Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN and in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation this year, the exhibition will showcase a rare and exclusive manga design illustrating the people, culture and skyline of each of the 10 ASEAN countries, as well as the close ties and friendship between Japan and ASEAN!

    About Manga Design and the exhibition

    Manga Design is a way to maximise communication by applying graphic design practices to Japan’s signature Manga art-style. It has the ability to transmit overwhelming information quickly through the creation of characters, develop stories freely and dramatically, and promote difficult ideas through such simple stories that can be understood easily. Originated from Japan, Manga Design is now coming into the spotlight as a new means of presentation that transcends language due to its extensive use in tourism-related materials for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a quintessential representation of Japan at first glance to people from the world over.

    This exhibition is part of a world tour by Manga Designers Lab. that runs from Osaka, Shanghai, and now in Singapore at JCC and C3 AFA 2018 later this year.

    New method of connecting Japan to the world: Manga Design ~ A talk by Toshihiko Kira with Manga Me! ~

    Mr. Toshihiko Kira, CEO and Producer for Manga Designers Lab., will be giving a talk at JCC on New method of connecting Japan to the world: Manga Design and introduce Manga Design, its history and effectiveness in communicating and advertising to the mass in today’s digital media age. There will also be a Manga Me! event where participants can have their faces drawn in manga-style portrait, an opportunity not to be missed! Admission is free but RSVP is required! Please register early to avoid disappointment!

    © Manga Designers Lab.

    Mr. Toshihiko Kira joined Dentsu, Inc. after graduating from Sophia University’s Law School. He then worked in the magazine division after spending time in creative media and sales. He also planned media strategies for many luxury brands and companies, and was also the producer for several sports and cultural events, such as Richard Branson’s Trans-Pacific Hot Air Balloon Flight Expedition, and magazines designed and produced for two FIFA World Cups (Italy 1990, Japan-Korea 2002) with Ryu Murakami.

    In 2004, Mr. Kire established Target Media Solution, which focuses on education, coaching, and business in China. He lectures mainly in China and Japan at Japanese Expat Society in Beijing, Embassy of Japan in China, and Shanghai Commerce and Industry Club. Around the same time, he established Manga Designers Lab. in 2011, which pioneered a new market for the manga medium. Now, he works as the overall producer for advertisements using Manga Design®, a method of utilising Japanese comics and culture as a form of communications solution for businesses. He is also currently the Acting Selection Committee Council Member for the Dentsu Advertising Awards.

    • Event Information
    Manga Design Exhibition in Singapore JCC

    21st July to 11 August 2018
    Singapore Japan Creative Center
    4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
    Admission is free!

    • Event Information
    Manga Design ~ A talk by Toshihiko Kira with Manga Me! ~

    21st July 2018 (2:00PM to 3:30PM; Registration starts at 1:30 PM)
    Singapore Japan Creative Center
    4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
    Register online here!



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