Roppongi, TOKYO -- In this talk & lecture event, we will feature short anime films produced mainly around 1930. All the films are subtitled in English, and there will be Japanese/English simultaneous interpretation for the talk session.
Date & Time: Friday, August 31, 2007 7:00-9:00 pm
Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan (Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: 1,500 yen (800 yen for students, IHJ members, and Meme Salon members)
It is no exaggeration to say that Japan leads the world’s anime industry, both in quality and quantity. The word “anime” has been exported and is now recognized worldwide, like sushi and origami, and animation is an integral part of Japan’s soft power.
Japan’s first anime film was created in 1917. At that time most animated films derived their themes and contents from old folktales or ancient myths, and their techniques were based on comics, or manga. The first production company solely engaged in animation was set up as early as 1921.
This program, co-organized by Digital Meme, will feature short anime films produced mainly around 1930. In such animation rich in life and humor, one can glimpse the essence of the sense of aesthetics that still flows through contemporary animation in Japan. We will also examine how the social conditions of the time, such as wars and fads, influenced animation production.
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