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Kyoto museum is a paradise for manga mavens
京都博物館是漫畫達人天堂

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.

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乍看之下,京都國際漫畫博物館的漫畫牆相當震撼人心。

博物館大廳與主要展示廳排滿大約五萬冊漫畫,為全球最大漫畫集中地之一,但這些展出的漫畫書,只占三十萬本館藏漫畫的一小部分。

「我覺得,『哇!這裡有這麼多漫畫書。我很高興來到這裡,』」來自京都市下京區的十一歲小五生小林龍太郎去年十二月來此時如此笑說。

這名男孩坐在博物館1樓大廳,讀著一本有關食物的漫畫《Toriko》。

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。

二○○六年十一月開幕的漫畫博物館,由京都市政府與有漫畫科系的京都精華大學共同經營,每年吸引二十萬到三十萬名訪客,已成為這座古都的一大重要新景點。

(自由時報/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

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.

(對我姊跟姊夫而言,她們倆是一見鍾情。)

2. on display prep. phr.

展示 (zhan3 shi4)

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

(一組古代珠寶收藏品在美術館展出。)

3. amount to v. phr.

總計 (zong3 ji4)

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

(你要買的就這些嗎?總計新台幣兩百元。)


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