Manga-ka Café Opens In Nagoya For Aspiring Manga Creators

By Ishaan . August 21, 2010 . 12:04pm Aspiring manga-ka in Nagoya city in Japan have recently been blessed with a manga café geared specifically toward them. Café owner, Yashuhiro Naitou — not to be confused with the creator of Trigun — has even outfitted the shop with equipment for manga-ka-in-training to use.


The establishment, named Manga Kukan, is no ordinary manga café though.


In addition to a collection of 10,000 volumes of various manga and offering equipment for manga production, the café is also host to professional lectures, the first of which was given by a Weekly Shounen Jump creator and a two-time Akatsuka Award-winning creator. Included in Manga Kukan’s vast collection are several out-of-print works by Shigeru Mizuki, Yumekichi Minatoya, Yoshiharu Tsuge and various other items from Naito’s own personal collection.


Naito, a manga enthusiast, says he established the café in order to help preserve the uniqueness of individual manga-ka after witnessing the closure of numerous manga magazines in recent years. Manga Kukan, he hopes, will help preserve and foster the creation of unique works.

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  • TTTT

    very cool.

  • WonderSteve

    Maybe not a bad place to stop by if a manga-ka is on the run from the editor :P

    • Hahaha, I can just imagine that.

      A lone, withered manga-ka, torn to shreds by the editorial hounds, stumbling through the rainy streets of Nagoya after half drinking his liver to death at the nearby bar.

      He’s just about to go throw himself off a bridge or something when he notices the flashing neon sign, and snaps out of his daze momentarily.

      He goes in, and there he sees all these youngsters hammering away at their creations, their brow furrowed with concentration. At a table a few feet away, an 8-year-old girl skips excitedly to the shop owner and shows off her scribbly stick-figure drawing, filled with passion, and tells him with a bright anime smile how she wants to be a manga-ka when she grows up.

      Mangaka-san, now revived by the powerful words of the young girl decides it’s time for a new beginning! Osu! Starting today, he will search for his lost manga spirit and make his next series the greatest ever!

      (Now all we need is an idealistic young lad who this guy ends up mentoring to be the protagonist, and we’ll have our own manga on our hands)

      • WonderSteve

        :P Maybe you should be the artist Ishann. I can be your editor that chase after you every week.

        • Haha, I sort of stopped drawing after highschool…I don’t know if I can do it any more! I just write now. :P

  • Kris

    I like the concept of this cafe! Optimally there would be a good mix of both new and old creators, and they’d be able to influence each other. Sounds like a neat place to visit, too!

  • Code

    Seriously this I love how much Japan embraces it’s artists, a manga-ka cafe is all kinds of badass. I’d love to kick around a cafe that had art supplies and space to draw to boot >w<

  • puchinri

    Wow, that’s a great concept and sounds so cool. I certainly hope it fulfills the purpose Naito-san wants it to.

    If I were a better artist and actually on top of my art, I’d want to visit Nagoya just to go there.

  • doomspeller10

    pretty cool indeed…
    There’s barely real manga to buy in my country XD so something like this seems a thousand years away.

  • Man, why can’t we have any cool theme cafes like this where I’m at?

  • Joanna

    Wow, he donated stuff from his collection? He’s really generous. I would never let strangers touch my manga. After seeing the state of manga at the public library, I only let good friends touch mine. Still a pretty cool idea. I’m an amateur artist (can I even call myself that? xD), but I would love to go to that cafe.

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