Hey, Aussies! There’s a neat (free) exhibition on Japanese horror starting soon

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News by Matt S. 

Local Aussie fans of horror are going to get a kick out of this: The Japan Foundation is putting on a free exhibition dedicated to horror in postwar Japanese manga. It runs for free from October 18 to January 24 next year, and is headlined by over 70 genga artworks to admire, from masters of the genre Tsunezo Murotani and Ochazukenori.

There will also be reproductions from some of the iconic works of Hideshi Hino, and publications from the likes of Junji Ito, Tezuka Osamu, Kazuo Umezu and Masako Watanabe. You’ll even be able to chill out and read over 80 horror manga classics in the reading lounge.

Additionally, there are plenty of special events happening around the exhibition. Noriaki Suzuki will host two gallery talks to discuss the works featured on October 19, and Ochazukenori will present a talk on horror manga on Novermber 6, and workshop a horror manga masterclass on November 7.

All of this occurs at The Japan Foundation, a short walk from Central Station in Sydney, and is, as mentioned above, completely free. It’ll be a good learning opportunity for anyone who finds horror and/or manga interesting, or is simply looking for an introduction to the genre. As I’ve discussed in game reviews very recently, horror is a genre that Japan has a long (and culturally unique) approach to, and you can learn a great deal about how the Japanese view the world, right through to Shinto spirituality, by looking at the kind of horror that it creates.

Check out the full event programme here for more information.

– Matt S. 
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