Designed with our younger audience in mind, yet fun and fascinating for all ages, this exhibition goes on a colorful, atmospheric exploration through Japan to show how popular stories have shaped the country’s art, design, and technology across the centuries. Divided into four thematic sections—Sky, Sea, Forest, and City—it presents over one hundred historic and contemporary objects, ranging from animated movies, origami, and ukiyo-e woodblock prints to photography, robots, and youth fashion.

To spark more creativity, activities inspired by the exhibition will be offered in both the Upper-Level and the Martin ArtQuest galleries. Journey through Japan: Myths to Manga celebrates the spirit of playfulness and imagination that the Japanese never outgrow. 



Created by the V&A – Touring the World 

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Supported in part by the Sandra Schatten Foundation


Supported in part by

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