Hello Japan! is a monthly mini-challenge focusing on Japanese literature and culture. Each month there will be a new task which relates to some aspect of life in Japan. Anyone is welcome to join in any time. You can post about the task on your blog. Or if you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment on the Hello Japan! post for the month. Everyone who completes the task will then be included in the drawing for that month's prize. For more information, just click on the Hello Japan! button above, or if you have any questions please feel free to email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com.June's Topic
Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy) and Machiko Hasegawa (Sazae-san).
In Japan people of all ages read manga, and it includes a wide range of subjects: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business/commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 406 billion yen market in Japan in 2007 (approximately $3.6 billion)*. Manga have also become increasingly popular worldwide, and outside of Japan, the term tends to refer specifically to Japanese comics.
*All factual information courtesy of Wikipedia, for more visit the Wikipedia manga page. Kanji image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
One Manga, Manga Fox, Manga Volume among others. For ideas on what to read, the New York Times posts a Top 10 Manga list (scroll down past the Graphic Books), or check out Bookslut's The Best Manga of All Time post. Some bloggers also review manga: Rhinoa's Ramblings, Books & other thoughts, a book a week, Novroz' Favorite Things (a big fan of One Piece), and no doubt others that I apologize for missing here. And plenty of other manga suggestions come up with a simple Google search. Also, a reminder that reading manga for the Hello Japan! mini-challenge this month would also count for the Graphic Novels Challenge and the Manga Challenge.
But in addition to, or instead of, reading, you could post about anything relating to manga. You could post about a favourite mangaka (manga artist). You could watch an anime version of a popular manga. You could visit a manga museum, or exhibit, such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum. You could try drawing your own manga, or take a picture of yourself in cosplay of a favourite manga character. Or anything else you can think of that relates to manga in some way.
This month's prize is one volume of the manga of your choice. Please note that it must be available to purchase online (no out of print or hard to find volumes, sorry), unless of course you'd like the original Japanese edition in which case I can try to get whatever you like here locally.
To be eligible for the prize, you must complete this month's mini-challenge and provide a link to your post. If you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment with the details on this post, or email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com. You are welcome to post more than once and add the links below. I love it when you are enthusiastic about a topic! However, each participant will receive only one entry per month. It doesn't matter if you've won previously, you're eligible each month that you participate. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Once you have completed the task, don't forget to come back here to add your link to the Mr. Linky below. Please submit the link to the actual post, not just to your top page, and please only submit links to posts relating to the Hello Japan! task for this month. All other links will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding. Have fun!
Happy manga month!
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