All Talking All Singing All Drawing! Urasawa Naoki Live in Concert


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@ 20th Century Boys © 2000 Naoki Urasawa / Studio Nuts

As part of the opening celebrations for Japan House London’s new exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URAWASA NAOKI’, join us for a special one-man show featuring multi-talented manga legend Urasawa Naoki. An internationally acclaimed manga artist, Urasawa Naoki is also an active musician who has composed numerous works in the folk rock genre, performing live with his band and releasing two albums to date. His music has been frequently used as theme music for the film and television adaptations of his manga work.

In this live concert Urasawa Naoki treats guests to an inimitable mix of live drawing and talk wrapped up in a dynamic musical performance. 

The concert is followed by a drinks reception and exclusive after-hours access to the gallery until 22:00.

Immersing visitors in the iconic Japanese art form of manga, the exhibition ‘This is MANGA: the Art of URASAWA NAOKI’ is on display in the Gallery at Japan House from 5 June to 28 July 2019.

About Urasawa Naoki

Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa Naoki made his debut with ‘BETA!!’ in 1983, and has authored many works since, including ‘YAWARA!’, ‘MONSTER’, ‘20th Century Boys’ and ‘BILLY BAT’ (story co-creator: Nagasaki Takashi) among others. After garnering renewed popularity more recently with ‘MUJIRUSHI’ (‘The Sign of Dreams’) (with the cooperation of Fujio Productions), a collaborative project with the Louvre Museum, Urasawa is currently writing a new series, ‘ASADORA!’ in Big Comic Spirits, a weekly Japanese manga magazine published by Shogakukan. His work is now published in more than 20 countries, with Japanese circulation alone recorded at a total of 127 million copies. Domestically, he has received the Shogakukan Manga Award three times and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, as well as numerous awards abroad including the Angouleme International Cartoon Festival Intergenerational Award and multiple Eisner Awards for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia category.