YOTSUBA&! Exhibition of Original Manga Drawings

Dates Saturday, 5 August 2023 - Sunday, 26 November 2023


1. Outline of Exhibition

YOTSUBA&! is an enduring bestseller that has been running continuously for over twenty years since volume one was published in 2003.
It is a work enjoyed by readers across generations. When children read the work, their parents do as well, and when those children eventually become parents themselves, they read the manga to their own children.
This exhibition follows the previous "YOTSUBA & DANBOARD! The Exhibition" held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the manga. It has been on a nationwide tour since 2019. The exhibition highlights original manga drawings, based on the appeal of seeing hand-drawn manuscripts in person.
Original drawings for printing were eliminated once digital manuscripts were submitted starting with volume ten (2010). However, all drawing work except screen tone and some composition tasks is still done by hand even today. You can enjoy the rare presence of hand-drawn manuscripts in our current golden age of digital drawing.
In order to enhance viewers' enjoyment of the original manga drawings, we have also collected video of drawing scenes, archival photos, original items, and storyboards. We hope that these will give you a partial sense of the weight that goes into one page of a manuscript.


Author: Kiyohiko Azuma
This slice-of-life manga depicts in a leisurely fashion the everyday adventures of a curious and slightly odd little girl named Yotsuba.
The comic was launched in 2003 and marked its twentieth anniversary this year.
The popular work has sold over 14.3 million copies cumulatively in Japan and over 3 million copies in translation. It has been translated into 17languages and is enjoyed in over 27 countries and regions.
It has won numerous awards, including the Manga Grand Prix at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, an Excellence Award in the Manga Division of the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Cartoon Grand Prize (runner-up), and 100 Select Works of Media Art in Japan (Agency for Cultural Affairs).

3. Profile of Kiyohiko Azuma

Manga artist born on May 27, 1968.
He was catapulted into popularity by his comic Azumanga Daioh launched in 2000. His major works Azumanga Daioh and YOTSUBA&! were both chosen for the Manga Division of 100 Select Works of Media Art in Japan in 2006.

4. Information

Exhibition Title
Special Exhibition "YOTSUBA&! Exhibition of Original Manga Drawings"
Operating Hours
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Last admission: 5:30 p.m.)
Closed Days
Mondays (or the next non-holiday if Monday is a national holiday); year-end and New Year holidays; exhibit-changing periods
Admission Fee
Adult 500 Yen, Up to junior high school student 100 Yen, Preschool student & bringing physical disability handbook (Including one person of care giver) are free

Online Reservation

5. Exhibition original goods

A variety of items unique, coin purses, tote bags, T-shirts, and many other items are on now sale at 1F Manga Lounge. Please check them and enjoy exhibition !