This afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the Kyoto International Manga Museum in the centre of the city, which is run as a partnership project between the City of Kyoto and Kyoto Seika university. For the next three Saturdays the museum is hosting The Inter College Animation Festival showing the best work produced this year by students from 15 art schools across Japan. Today’s screening featured work from Kyoto Seika and Joshobi University of Art and Design, and the technical and creative standards were consistently high, with a diverse range of animation techniques and approaches. Prof Shinsuke Ina introduced me to Shuzo Ueda, the managing director of the Museum and gave me a tour of the Museum which has over 300,000 manga comics in its collection.
At 3PM Shinsuke, Isanori Oha and I went to a nearby hotel coffee shop to conduct an interview about Shinsuke’s work as part of my series of interviews with Japanese video artists. After the interview I cycled back through the city and along the river just as the light was fading, stopping to take a few images along the route.