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Schools go for free to Young V&A’s first exhibition, Japan: Myths to Manga

Explore the forest, sea, sky and city – what will your students find?

Japan: Myths to Manga celebrates Japanese storytelling and folklore and its creative influence on art, design and technology.

Divided into four sections – Sky, Sea, Forest, and City – the exhibition brings together over 150 historic and contemporary objects.

Begin your journey by soaring the skies, joining characters from three popular myths, and learn how artists have drawn inspiration from the sun, moon and stars. Then plunge into the depths of the sea and learn the magical journeys represented in some of Japan’s most famous artworks, from Hokusai’s Great Wave to the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo.

“Students and teachers alike can create their own manga tales at the drawing table.”

Next, delve into Japan’s ancient forest and discover mythical stories of shapeshifting creatures and forest-dwelling critters. From The Tale of The Princess Kaguya to Sylvanian Families, discover how our favourite forest animals are often key characters in stories.

Finally, be immersed in manga, anime and video games in the City and learn their history. From Pokemon and Hello Kitty to Tamagotchi, all can be traced back to Japanese folklore!

Free for schools, slots can be booked online for Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00 and 10:30am during term time. We can welcome up to 30 students, and as part of your booking you will have a lunch slot in our Portal Trust Community Room.

Bookings are free, but all groups will need to book on our website. A teacher ticket is required for each accompanying adult.

We offer self-directed visits and curriculum-based workshops throughout the academic year. Keep up to date with our latest events for schools and teachers by signing up to our mailing list.


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