Adults, All Ages
Did you know that many of your favorite cartoon and video game characters were actually born hundreds of years ago?
Popular contemporary characters like Naruto and InuYasha have their roots in traditional Japanese folklore, a lineage brought to life by the exhibit “Spirited Beasts: From Ancient Stories to Anime Stars.”
Learn about Naruto, InuYasha and other magical creatures as you walk around the exhibit: water sprites, giant horned ogres, the Monkey King, cat spirits and the man-crow Slayer of Vanity, who plays tricks on the vain and proud.
You’ll see anime figurines, manga art, cute plush toys, 1,000 lucky paper cranes and read about the legend of the Moon Rabbit, the inspiration for sassy Mina Tsukishiro, leader of the lunar-based Rabbit Force and wielder of a giant carrot hammer.
“Spirited Beasts” gives parents and kids alike a newfound appreciation for the origins of these familiar faces and their exciting adventures. They’re not just child’s play; they’re an integral part of Japan’s cultural history.