An international touring exhibition of manga for girls, under the title "Shojo Manga! Girl Power!," is being held at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, British Columbia Canada. It would be a good idea for a field visit, but the facility is far too small. Any of the small seminar groups working with manga could find a visit fruitful.
Shojo Manga! Girl Power! is an internationally acclaimed exhibition of more than 200 artworks from 23 artists who have contributed to the phenomenon of modern manga in Japan. The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to be the final venue for the exhibition’s successful tour of North America and the last chance for Canadians to see these superb examples of graphic art before the show heads to Japan. Designed by curator Dr. Masami Toku to raise issues of gender and representation, the exhibition explores the power of women's aspirations and dreams in contemporary Japanese culture. From its start in post-war era Japan as inexpensive youth entertainment influenced by American comics and Disney animation, to the current immense popularity of manga worldwide, this show traces the history of a medium at the intersection of evolving social roles and innovation in Japanese aesthetics.