Comic culture is huge in Japan and those interested in how it has evolved can find out more at the Great Manga History Traces from Edo exhibition being held in Kyoto.
The city is the permanent home of the Kyoto International Manga Museum, but this specific display will only be on show until February 7th.
Looking at the origins of this unique art form means exploring the comical woodblock prints known as giga that were around in the Edo Period.
This historical timeframe stretched from 1603 to 1867 and was when the forerunners to the comic books of the early Showa era from 1926 to 1989 were in existence.
Without either of these mediums, the manga that is so popular in Japan today would never have come about.
Many manga fans will make their way to the exhibition with the express purpose of seeing the private collection of Isao Shimizu.
He is a historian who specialises in manga and caricatures, but also the curator of the Nihon Manga Shiryokan (The Archives of Japanese Cartoon History).
As well as various artefacts showing the evolution of manga, each exhibit is complete with a description and insight into their social context.
The exhibition shows how the panels seen in comic strips, known as koma, came into existence in the Edo Period as a way to spread Buddhism throughout the population.
source by insidejapantours