Japanese Studies at OSU Libraries is excited to announce the acquisition of “Kanto Earthquake Watercolors.” This rare book, which has no official title, includes twelve pages of original paintings depicting the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan in 1923. This earthquake devastated several areas and resulted in a large fire, causing the death of an estimated 100,000 to 140,000 people. The paintings, created by Nakazawa Hiromitsu (中沢弘光), a well-known Nihonga and watercolor painter from Kansai, as well as other contemporary manga artists, focus exclusively on scenes from the aftermath of the historic disaster.
Kanto Earthquake Destruction
Kanto Earthquake Fire
This book, which forms part of the world-class manga collection at OSU Libraries, is now housed at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM). For those interested in viewing this rare book, please contact Japanese Studies Librarian Ann Marie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the previous blog, we introduced the entrance atrium and reading room of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM). This blog is a continuation of that piece and covers the work space and archives, which are usually not open to the public and require a reservation or guided tour to access. It will also talk about some of the special materials held in the archives, as well as the precautions that are taken to preserve and maintain them.
To request a tour, please contact email@example.com.
The BICLM Main Office
Cartoon Library Office
This is the second of two blog posts on Fujihiko Hosono and his book Heroes Come Back (2013). The first post provides background information on Hosono and how this interview came to take place. To read Part 1, please click here.
Top: OSUL staff and student workers during interview
Bottom Left: Hosono during interview
Bottom Right: Cover of “Heroes Come Back”
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Early in the morning on October 6, Japanese Studies staff and student workers [Ann Marie Davis, Amy Hwang (not pictured), Yasuhiro Aihara, Ryo Kudo, and Chihiro Hosoi] conducted a rare Skype interview with the renowned manga artist Fujihiko Hosono in Tokyo. Dr. Daisuke Sato of Tohoku University, who helped organize the interview, also participated from his office in Sendai City. The group decided to focus their discussion on the ideas and inspiration that led Hosono to create Heroes Come Back. What follows is a summary of the interview, which was conducted originally in Japanese: