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Kyoto museum is a paradise for manga mavens

Japanese comic artist Jiro Taniguchi, who won a decoration of the L’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) last year, draws at his studio in Tokyo, Japan on March 5.
去年得到L’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres獎的日本漫畫藝術家Jiro Taniguchi,三月五日在日本東京工作室作畫。

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“The Wall of Manga” at the Kyoto International Manga Museum can be overwhelming at first sight.

About 50,000 manga volumes line the museum’s hallways and main exhibition room, one of the largest concentrations of manga in the world, but the books on display amount to only a fraction of the institution’s 300,000-strong collection.

“I was like, ’Wow, there are so many manga books. I’m glad I came here,’” Ryutaro Kobayashi, 11, a fifth-grader visiting from Kyoto’s Shimogyo Ward in December, said with a smile.

The boy sat in the hallway on the first floor of the museum and read a manga about food called Toriko.

His mother, Tomoko, 40, was absorbed in Kochira Ai! Otoseyo (This is Ai! Respond, over), a mountaineering manga targeted at young girls, and had comic books piled beside her.

The museum, which opened in November 2006, is jointly operated by the Kyoto municipal government and Kyoto Seika University, which has a Faculty of Manga. It attracts about 200,000 to 300,000 visitors annually and has become a significant new attraction in the ancient city.






男童母親,四十歲的知子則埋首於《Kochira Ai! Otoseyo》(台譯「夢幻的愛」或「一對一」),一本有關登山、針對年輕女孩的漫畫,身旁還堆了一堆漫畫。




1. at first sight prep. phr.

乍看;第一眼 (zha4 kan4; di4 yi1 yan3)

例: For my sister and brother-in-law, it was love at first sight.


2. on display prep. phr.

展示 (zhan3 shi4)

例: A collection of ancient jewelry has gone on display at the art museum.


3. amount to v. phr.

總計 (zong3 ji4)

例: Is that everything you want to buy? That amounts to NT$200.


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