Japonisms 2018: Manga ↔ Tokyo, the exhibition at the Grande Halle in la Villette

From November 29 to December 30, 2018, the Grande Halle in la Villette organizes an exhibition around the interaction between diction and urban environment in Japan, Manga ↔ Tokyo. A plunge into the Japanese capital between fiction and reality as part of the Japonisms 2018 season.

When reality meets fiction… This is what the Manga ↔ Tokyo exhibition tries to show from November 29 to December 30, 2018 at the Grande Halle in la Villette. A retrospective organized as part of the Japonisms 2018 season celebrating the 160th anniversary of the diplomatic relationships between France and Japan as well as the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration.

In the same way as American comics – and especially Marvel – that would never be the major genre it is today without New-York and Manhattan in the background, the Japanese manga couldn’t meet this success with the audience without the influence of a city: Tokyo in its pages. A mutual influence since today it’s manga’s turn (as well a video games’ and anime’s) to enrich the Japanese capital as well.

It’s this interaction between fiction and reality the exhibition explores. How did Tokyo inspire the production of Japanese pop culture over the years? How did the Japanese capital inspire manga characters and their storylines? How did these fictional perceptions affect and enrich the real city? Questions that will seek answers through the exhibition and the presentation of scenes and anime movies abstracts as well as via original drawings, photolithography, photographs, by-products, props and other posters.

A retrospective offering “stagings based on authentic neighborhoods and landscapes we seen in movies from Godzilla (1954) to the latest blockbuster Your Name (2016)”. Each scene is replaced in the geographic context, creating a format in several dimensions for a total immersion for the visitor between reality and fiction.

Laurent P.
Last updated on 27 July 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 29 November 2018 to 30 December 2018



    Parc de La Villette
    75019 Paris 19

    Tarif réduit: 10 €
    Plein tarif: 15 €

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    Ouvert du lundi au jeudi de 10h à 19h, le dimanche de 10h à 19h et les vendredis et samedi de 10h à 20h.

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