Japan was a break from 4.5 years of gruelling hell that was engineering so I deliberately organised my timetable to have Friday’s off. Friday was forever called Adventure Friday where Hazelnut and I would explore somewhere new each week. One of the fondest memories I have was going to Nijo-jo and the Kyoto International Manga Museum.
Nightingale floorboards lined the floors of Ninomaru Palace at Nijo-jo – the nails on the floorboard were constructed in a way that from a person’s step a creak would sound like a chirping bird. This would alert the presence of anyone and was built as a security measure, rumoured to be against ninjas.
Coming at the start of winter the garden was quite dead looking – a bit of a shame :(
Kyoto International Manga Museum
The museum houses 300,000 volumes of manga with shelves covering two floors that you are free to browse, sit and read through. In the Western world it’s either children or Otakus that like comic books and cartoons but this is not the case in Japan. Full grown adults would consume them and you would see Japanese business men all suited up with a manga in hand on the trains.
The exhibition at the museum shows the history and development of manga where it introduces the making of manga – how it is created, drawn and mass produced. For the manga lovers or if you’ve ever been curious why Japan loves manga and anime so much do give this place a visit – I promise you it’s an interesting one and a good break from all the temple hopping.
Have you ever read manga or watched an anime before? My favourites back in the day were One Piece (I have 60+ volumes in Japanese that I can’t read), Naruto and Soul Eater. Oh and I also loved Shojo too but there’s too many to name