A Super Fan Guide to the Yokai World: Understanding the Supernatural in Manga

Learn about the yokai found in manga from two pop culture specialists!

Popular manga titles such as Inuyasha, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan feature yokai as protagonists and/or important story elements. As an integral part of Japanese culture, they are a commonplace aspect of life for many people in Japan.

The roots of yokai can be found in Japan’s long history with Shinto. According to Shinto, Japan is made up of kami, or gods that exist in nature. These gods and yokai are two sides of the same coin, where their existence in Japanese culture manifests themselves in manga, anime, books and films.

This panel discussion, open to all fans of manga, will provide a deeper look into yokai, or supernatural beings in Japanese folklore, and how they are represented in this medium. Hosted by JVTA, we warmly welcome Simona Stanzani, who has been working as a professional otaku and manga translator since 1992, and Akihide Yanagi, a pop culture specialist, manga and comic book writer and translator for Marvel.

By participating, you’ll be able to further your understanding of Japanese culture by seeing how yokai play an integral part of many anime and manga titles you already may be familiar with. You’ll also get a unique look at how a Japanese concept like yokai is translated for a non-Japanese audience. It’s one thing to understand the concept once it is in English, but it’s another to see the thought process that goes into translation.

Please come and learn more about English translation and the culture behind yokai, to deepen your love and understanding of manga and Japanese culture!Not only will you be able to enjoy manga more, but you’ll also be able to think about it from a translator’s perspective, allowing you to share your love of manga to the world.

Last updated: 4 February, 2019

8 March, 2019

18:30 to 21:00

General Admission (2,000 JPY), Students (1,000 JPY)

Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy Co., Ltd.

2F/3F Kyodo Bldg. 3-2-4 Nihombashi Hongoku-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0021