Japanese Manga moved in by the late 1980s and simply took the world by storm, it also became the most popular export in Japan’s export. The origins of the global miracle were recently traced by the Japanese Office WIPO, while it also explored the economic significance.
Manga, like most comics, can be described as whimsical pictures, an art form rooted in the sequential form of art, the narrative made up of different images presented in a specific sequence. The earliest examples of the sequential Japanese art form dates to the twelve century and animal scrolls called Chōjū Jinbutsu.
Manga, the term was first used back in the 16th century by the renowned woodblock print ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai. Together ukiyo-e and Chōjū Giga had a massive influence on the production of low-cost kibyōshi or yellow-backed illustrations used in late 18th century novels, which was the start of the modern manga. What massively increased the popularity of the emerging art called manga was the contributions of Kitazawa Yasuji’s contributions to the Jiji Manga, in the early 20th century the weekly comic page in the newspaper Jiji Shimpo.
Amongst adults, the low-cost red books or akabon became popular during the mid-1940s. One of the popular authors of the akabon was Osamu Tezuka, became known as the grandfather of manga due to his implementation of sound effects, cinematic techniques, the development of deep characters and long story arcs across several different genres of manga. What fuelled the expansion during the 1950s was the appearance of manga gekiga volumes and by the 1970s it grew into quickly into the mass media industry.
Cultural and Economic Significance of Manga
Manga plays a major role in the publishing industry of Japan, it accounts for more than 25 % of the country’s printed materials. Manga offers something for everyone and is available for purchase from a wide selection of online and retail stores. Manga has a huge fan base according to the former Director of the Public Diplomacy Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan and Public Diplomacy Department, Mr Teiji Hayashi, it is enjoyed by young children as well as senior citizens due to the clear storylines and the rich in human characters. Manga is often used for entertainment while it also offers an uncomplicated explanation regarding complicated matters such as social issues, natural science and history.
Manga due to its popularity has a far-reaching influence and while many features in books, they also became collectable figures, are used in video games, television shows and anime2. Almost, every aspect of this popular cultural Japanese production can be traced to the industrial complex into which manga has spread into in the culture and economy of Japan.
Japan’s economy cultural Pillar
Manga’s thematic and striking artistic styles transcended all cultural barriers making a lasting impression on global audiences while it is also unlocked a gateway into the Japanese culture. It remains one of the most profitable exports both socially and economically and has assisted Japan in becoming the largest exporters in the world of cultural products.