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Manga Artist Erica Sakurazawa’s visit to Calgary

On November 14th & 15th, 2018, renowned Manga Artist Erica Sakurazawa, who was invited to Calgary by the Consulate-General of Japan, gave an engaging talk, demonstration and educational workshop at the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning in cooperation with the UofC’s School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures.
Consul General Kobayashi gave opening remarks at the event, thanking Ms. Sakurazawa for making a stop in Calgary in addition to Ottawa, and conveyed his appreciation to the UofC and ACAD for their assistance in organizing the successful event. He also noted the high level of popularity enjoyed by this particular facet of Japanese pop culture abroad.
Dr. Ben Whaley, Assistant Professor of Japanese language, specializing in manga and the pop culture of Japan, followed by interviewing Ms. Sakurazawa with questions on the manga industry in Japan, her career, the fascinating works she has created for over 30 years, and the inspiration behind her ideas. The audience had a chance to ask several questions, after which Ms. Sakurazawa gave a demonstration on her technique to create manga.
In addition to the talk & demo, on November 14th twenty art students from the University of Calgary and Alberta College of Art & Design had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop at which the students tried out her techniques, asked questions, and received one-on-one feedback and instruction from Ms. Sakurazawa.
After the event, Consul General Kobayashi also held a special reception in honour of Ms. Sakurazawa’s first ever visit to Canada. Consul General, Ms. Sakurazawa, and UofC’s Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost International, gave remarks to the approximate 100 guests in attendance, who had the opportunity to view some of her works on display at the reception.