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Labo Café/Manga Café: "We're looking back over this year's World of Manga!" 2014

2014-12-20 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Once again this year, professional manga critics will gather for a no-holds-barred discussion on the 2014 World of Manga! Why not join us as you wait for the announcement of "This Year's #1 Manga" (for manga published on or after January 1, 2014)?


  • SAIKA Tadahiro, Chairperson, Kansai Study Group, Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics (JSSCC)
  • YOSHIMURA Kazuma, Associate Professor, Manga Dept., Kyoto Seika University; Researcher, Kyoto International Manga Museum
  • KURAMOCHI Kayako, Researcher, Kyoto International Manga Museum

Café Masters:

  • ITOH Yuu (Researcher, International Manga Center, Kyoto Seika University)
  • KINSUI Satoshi (Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University)


  • Admission starts 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • The program may be modified from what is noted here.

What is Lab Café?

A major program instituted at Art Area B1 is the "Lab Café," designed and implemented by the Center for the Study of Communication-Design. The Lab Café is an interactive program in which participants have wide-ranging discussions on a variety of topics. The program aims to make the station a communication space in the arts and academia by taking up various themes in philosophy, art, science and technology and providing the general public with chances to be exposed to expertise on those topics.

What is Art Area B1?

The concourse on the 1st basement of the Naniwabashi Station was set up as the Art Area B1 at the time of opening of the Keihan Electric Railway's Nakanoshima Line on October 19, 2008. Starting then, the project to make the station a center of artistic communication commenced.

Date: 2014-12-20 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, NPO Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway)
Venue: Art Area B1 (Concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line)
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Center for the Study of Communication Design (CSCD)

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