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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 5 September 2006

NAFA co-presents Japan Anime Now exhibition


48 Industry Leaders Congregate in Singapore for JAPAN ANIME NOW Exhibition

Jointly organised by NAFA and the Association of Japanese Animations, the exhibition will be the largest of its kind outside Japan

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) will be jointly organising the JAPAN ANIME NOW in Singapore exhibition with the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA), in conjunction with the 40th year celebration of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan.
Mr Hirofumi Morikawa, Director of Japan Information & Culture Centre, will officiate the opening ceremony of this exhibition as the Guest-of-Honour on 7 September 2006 (Thursday), 6.30pm, at NAFA Galleries 1 & 2 (NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street).
The exhibition will run from 7-26 September 2006, 10am-7pm daily at the above venue.
Japanese Anime has become a world-wide phenomenon, even drawing interest from professionals in the design, digital art and contemporary culture circles.
The exhibition will chart the development of Japanese animation from the 1950¡¯s till present, as well as introduce Japanese animation from both historical and practical point of views.
48 industry leaders from Japan are creators of popular animations such as DORAEMON, Detective CONAN, Digimon, The Cat Returns, Crayon Shinchan, Prince of Tennis and many more.
The largest of its kind outside Japan, the exhibition will present the process and technology involved in the creation of these well-loved animations.
There will also be showcases of originals and replicas of ¡®rough drawing¡¯, ¡®layout¡¯, ¡®the original pictures¡¯, ¡®motion pictures¡¯, ¡®background /landscape¡¯, ¡®character design catalogues¡¯, ¡®art design catalogues¡¯, ¡®scripts¡¯, and ¡®cells¡¯ that are used in the Anime making process of familiar Japanese animations including Mighty Atom, Gundam Seed Destiny, The Cat Returns, Crayon Shinchan and Inuyasya.
In addition, the public can view a film presentation on original animation made for TV broadcast, an AJA documentary about the development of Manga into Anime, Anime costumes and limited screenings of animated programmes.
Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, NAFA¡¯s Director for Gallery and Theatre said, ¡°Japanese animation has had an illustrious history. Its popularity has made a huge impact on both the cultural environment, as well as the education climate in Singapore. Apart from enjoying animation for its storytelling forms and pleasure, a generation of youth in Singapore has fostered a strong interest in digital art, design and animation as a discipline and form of study.¡±
Another key highlight will be a seminar entitled Miracles of Japanese Anime by Mr Yasuo Yamaguchi, Executive Director of AJA on 9 September, 11am at NAFA (School of Visual Arts, seminar room).
Mr Yamaguchi has been an acclaimed producer of significant Anime production for decades, Candy Candy being one of his most memorable works. Pre-registration is required for the seminar.
Exhibition Details
Exhibition period: 7 - 24 September 2006
Opening hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm daily
Venue: NAFA Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, S189655
Admission: FREE
Miracles of Japanese Anime Seminar by Mr Yasuo Yamaguchi
Pre-registration is required for this seminar (limited seating for 30 pax).
Date: 9 September 2006
Time: 11:00am
Venue: School of Visual Arts, Seminar Room, 80 Bencoolen Street, S189655
Norvin Teo (email: / DID: 6512 4013)
Andy Lew (email: / DID: 6512 4022)
About the Association of Japan Animation (AJA)
The Association of Japan Animation was established in 2003. Located in Tokyo, it now has 48 members, which are the companies of animation productions and agencies in Japan. AJA leads continued development of animation industry in Japan, integrating the direction of the animation industries and collaborating with related corporations and associations.
Since AJA's establishment, it has committed itself to the promotion and education of animation domestically and internationally. AJA is also working on the development of new technology for production, the research and practice of copyright protection, talent development and collaboration projects. AJA is committed to establishing and managing Tokyo Anime Centre and Suginami Animation Museum in Tokyo. The website is located at


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