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Kyoto International Manga Museum
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In Japan, local comics called manga are so popular that an international museum has been dedicated to them. It was opened in Kyoto in 2006 on the initiative of the local government and Seika University. The institution was placed in a three-story building of a former elementary school.

It would take more than a few lifetimes to read all the manga editions in the museum. There are more than 300,000 copies in the collection. It is based on modern Japanese manga. There are old Meiji era comics from 1868-1912 and publications from other countries.

Museum visitors are free to take and read any of the 50,000 freely available editions. There are no reproachful looks of the caretakers or signs that say «Do not touch».

The comic book stand is called «Manga Wall». It is floor-to-ceiling high, and more than 200 meters long. To make the search easier, books are arranged by date and author's name. But you don't have to peer into each volume, you can use the special touch screen panels that are installed everywhere.

If you don't know that this is a museum, you have the feeling you are in a library. People are reading all around, both inside the building and outside on the lawn. The main thing for them is to take a comfortable position: sitting, lying, standing – it doesn't matter, and immerse themselves in the world of manga. You don't need to know the language to enjoy Japanese comics. Part of the collection has already been translated into English.

Another difference between the Kyoto International Manga Museum and museums in the traditional sense is the kamishibai (paper theater). For visitors, mostly children, there are stories told with the help of pictures.

The museum is open every day except Wednesday. You can immerse yourself in the world of manga from 10 am to 6 pm. Schoolchildren and students will pay $1 to $3 for an admission ticket. Adults will pay about $8. You are allowed to use the ticket during the week. An annual pass for regular visitors will cost $54.

Address: 452 Kinbukicho, Nakagyo Ward

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