A week ago (July 7), the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo better known as Miraikan lifted the curtain on a new exhibit The World of Manga Experienced Through Science- Meet the Dream Heroes of All Times.
Manga has fueled the imagination of Japanese youth since the post-war and what science projects start as something that sounds like a dream.
Why not marry both?
Here's what The World of Manga Experienced Through Science aims to be:
This exhibition uses science and technology to recreate the powers of superheroes and heroines depicted in the manga works that have motivated and driven people. It communicates the power to paint a picture of the future, the wonders of manga culture, as well as science and technology and its potential, not only to children but also to the grownups who were once children.
The exhibition brings together five manga titles--"Cyborg 009" by Shotaro Ishinomori, "Doraemon" by Fujiko F. Fujio, "Himitsu no Akko-chan" (Akko-chan's Got a Secret!) by Fujio Akatsuka, "Kaibutsu-kun" by Fujio Fujiko (A) and "Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy)" by Osamu Tezuka (*listed in alphabetical order), and uses science to recreate superhero or heroine powers. It is a realistic hands-on exhibit that will provide fun and enjoyment for visitors across all ages.
The Show Details list 2 parts inspired by Astro Boy:
The birth of Astro Boy
Using projection-mapping technology that projects CG onto three-dimensional objects and changes textures and movements dynamically, the exhibit provides an explanation of the internal mechanisms of Astro Boy through a life-size image. Witness the moment of Astro Boy's birth as he awakes when visitors call out to him.
Fly through the skies together with Astro Boy!
Hasn't everyone dreamt of flying through the skies like Astro Boy, at least once in their lives? Explore the streets of the modern age together with Astro Boy through 3D satellite image maps displayed on a large screen.
The exhibit opened its doors on July 7, 2012 and runs until October 15, 2012.
Flying with Astro Boy for Tokyo Thursdays # 238
Thanks to Jean-François Cloutier of TVQC (Quebec) for putting this event on my map
(* Illustration from museum's event pages)