GIGA MANGA: From Edo Giga to Modern Manga

  • Special Exhibition
  • Finished

GIGA MANGA: From Edo Giga to Modern Manga

November 25, 2020(Wed.) - January 24, 2021(Sun.)
November 25th, 2020 - January 24th, 2021
1 Term:November 25th (Wed) - December 13th (Sun)
2 Term:December 15th (Tue) - January 3rd (Sun)
3 Term:January 5th (Tue) -January 24th (Sun)
Every Monday or the following day if it is a national holiday.
Year end and New Year holidays (30th Dec - 1st Jan.2021)
* Open: [Mon] 11 January Closed: [Tue] 12 January
9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum, and the Mainichi Newspapers
Exhibition director
Isao Shimizu (Manga and caricature researcher/ Former research consultant at the Kyoto International Manga Museum/ Former professor at Teikyo Heisei University)
Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center and the Kyoto International Manga Museum

 Exhibition Concept

Today, the Japanese word "manga" has come to be used all over the world. There are a number of different theories regarding its origin. In this exhibition suggests that giga, a form of caricature from the Edo Period (1603-1868), provided the starting point for what is now known as manga. 
Ukiyo-e giga deal with a wide range of subjects - sometimes in a comical way, other times in a critical manner. These included the reformation of the shogunate, the turbulent era at the end of the Edo Period, modernization, social contradictions and incidents, and common people's lives. 
The Meiji Period (1868-1912) saw the emergence of modern journalism in newspapers, magazines, and other outlets. This was accompanied by a shift from giga to illustrations, which in time morphed into manga. Ultimately, this resulted in the publication of manga magazines, establishing the form as a new type of pictorial expression with widespread public appeal. In this exhibition we trace the vicissitudes of Japanese manga from ukiyo-e prints of the Edo era to satirical manga magazines of the Meiji and Taishō Periods, and children's comics from the World War II era.

 Exhibition Highlights!


 Admission Fees

H.S / Univ. Students
65 and over
J.H.S Students
Disabled peoples
Elementary school students
  • Not available for advance tickets and group discounts.
  • Junior high, high school, and university students (including technical college, vocational school, and special training college students) will be requested to show student ID.
  • Adults 65 and over will be requested to show a document verifying age.
  • Persons with a certificate such as the following plus one accompanying person are admitted discount of charge: physical disability, intellectual disability, rehabilitation, mentally handicapped health and welfare, atomic bomb victim health notebook, etc. (Please show your certificate at time of admission.)
  • Use of these tickets is limited to the day on which the exhibition is visited and allow you to see all exhibition.


       Access Map, here
  • 5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit.
  • 9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit.
  • 5-minute by Sumida Loop Bus from the JR Sobu Line Kinshicho Station North exit. Get off at the “The Sumida Hokusai Museum (Tsugaruke kamiyasiki ato) Stop”.


 The Sumida Hokusai Museum measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19

>Requests of visitors for cooperation on COVID-19 infection prevention
1. We will carry out temperature measurements before entering the museum. Please refrain from visiting if you have a cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue, etc.
2. Please disinfect your hands and fingers when entering the building. We have an alcohol disinfectant at the entrance of the building.
3. Please do not touch the display case in the exhibition room.
4. Please refrain from talking in the exhibition room.
5. You can touch by hand the touch screen panel and the wood-block printed books on the 4th floor AURORA (permanent exhibition room) and permanent exhibition room plus. Please disinfect your hands and fingers before and after viewing them.
6. Please wearing a mask.
7. Please cover your mouth with a mask, handkerchief, tissue, etc. when coughing or sneezing.
8. The passengers in the elevator are limited to 2 people. However, families and caregivers can use it together.

>Our efforts to prevent coronavirus infection.
1. The space used by customers has already been disinfected. Water and alcohol cannot be used in some of the display cases, the only dry wipe is carried out.
2. Handrails, elevator buttons, toilet-handle, and tap, are disinfected several times a day.
3. Our staff at the museum who come in contact with customers, wear masks.
4. We have installed a virus splash prevention panel at the reception/museum shop.
5. To keep a good environment in the building, we may restrict admission, and the staff speaks to the customer to call attention.
6. MARUGEN100 (lecture room) and Library: continuing to be closed.
7. We do not accept new reservations for the use of MARUGEN100 (lecture room) and group viewing.
*Please check the Sumida Hokusai Museum's official website for details before visiting.* For details, please check here.​