Genre: Fantasy (Age Rating ALL)
Format: Graphic Novel, B&W
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Illustrated by Sakura Mizuk
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THE JAPANESE DRAWING ROOM manga book is published by the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth, UK - in association with Boychild Productions. This is the first time a UK Museum has commissioned a manga book!
The Japanese Drawing Room is written by Sean Michael Wilson and illustrated by Sakura Mizuki (of best selling THE RING horror manga). It includes an extensive text and glossary on the period by the Museum editor, Shaun Garner. It will be launched at the Bristol International Comic Expo, May 2006, where both Sakura Mizuki and Sean Michael Wilson will be attending as guests. A series of events will also be held in the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth.
A true story set in Meiji era Japan (1885), with combines the visual appeal of manga with a well-researched historical account. A foreign couple travel throughout Japan, seeing many interesting aspects of life then ó such as the Shogun's Temples, Buddhist ceremonies, a diamyo's funeral, and the festival for a great warrior. They come across fascinating aspects of Japanese history, such as the story of 47 Ronin, who committed suicide after avenging their dead Samurai master.
Mizukiís artwork on this book reaches a new level of beauty and sophistication.