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Manga two hundred years on


“Manga is not something that the Japanese choose. It’s part of the world they live in. I was born into manga culture and drawing them at the time came completely naturally to me”.


Yoichi Takahashi’s eyes still twinkle like a child’s. As he talks to us about his manga Captain Tsubasa (featuring the characters Holly and Benji), the 50-year-old’s face lights up in wonder. During a visit to Milan’s Rotonda della Besana cultural complex for the exhibition ‘200 Years of Manga Art’, the artist recalls all the pictures he’s drawn over 30 years, and above all the children’s magazines he read as a boy.

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“Manga is not something that the Japanese choose. It’s part of the world they live in. I was born into manga culture and drawing them at the time came completely naturally to me”.


Yoichi Takahashi’s eyes still twinkle like a child’s. As he talks to us about his manga Captain Tsubasa (featuring the characters Holly and Benji), the 50-year-old’s face lights up in wonder. During a visit to Milan’s Rotonda della Besana cultural complex for the exhibition ‘200 Years of Manga Art’, the artist recalls all the pictures he’s drawn over 30 years, and above all the children’s magazines he read as a boy.

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