Kazuo Umezu exhibition*
28 January – 25 March 2022
Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills)
Tokyo City View will host a special show featuring Kazuo Umezu (Kazuo Umezz), a multi-talented Japanese manga master.
Kazuo Umezu (Umezz) show* at Tokyo City View
The upcoming art show*, held as part of the “UMEZZ ART PROJECT”, is to explore the fantastic world of the manga artist Kazuo Umezu (Umezz). The said project has been launched to highlight artistic aspects of the work of Umezz from various angles.
The exhibition venue is Tokyo City View’s Sky Gallery, nestled in the Mori Art Museum complex of Roppongi Hills, on the 52nd floor of the Mori Building.
The show at Tokyo City View will allow us a deep dive into the world of Umezz, unfolding against a background of magnificent view of Tokyo seen from an altitude of 250 meters above sea level.
*The official title of the show shall be announced later.
Kazuo Umezu (Umezz) – Cartoonist/ manga artist
Born in Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture in 1936, Kazuo Umezu grew up in Nara Prefecture.
He started drawing manga in the 4th grade of elementary school.
When he was in the 3rd grade of senior high school, he made his debut publishing “別世界 (Betsu-sekai)” and “森の兄妹 (Mori-no-kyodai)” from the publisher Tomobook.
Putting out a series of horror manga in an idiosyncratic style, such as “へび少女 (Hebi-shojo)”, “猫目小僧 (Cat Eyed Boy)” and “漂流教室 (The Drifting Classroom) – for which he won the Shogakukan Manga Award – Umezu came to be dubbed “the God of horror manga”.
He produced a number of hits ranging from “Makoto-chan” to “14歳 (Juyonsai)”, many of which became a cultural phenomenon in the country.
In 2018, Umezu won the Heritage Award (Prix du patrimoine) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême) for his “わたしは真悟 (Watashi-ha-Shingo or I am Shingo [in French, Je suis Shingo])”.
A multi-talented cartoonist, Umezu wears many hats – movie director and singer, among others.
Examples of Kazuo Umezu (Umezz)’s works
The Drifting Classroom
Watashi-ha-Shingo (I am Shingo)
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