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Description
From Ponent Mon:

Seventeen authors (nine from France or French-speaking countries, eight from Japan) brought together in the same book, a succession of freely created short stories about the same universe: Japan.
The French, of course, journeyed to Japan for the occasion. Each cartoonist was sent for two weeks to a different city in the archipelago (Joann Sfar in Tôkyô, Emmanuel Guibert in Kyôto, Nicolas de Crécy in Nagoya, etc.) to bring back an original creation.
The Japanese tell us about their district, the city where they live or where they originally come from (Kazuichi Hanawa's story being about the northern island of Hokkaido, Jiro Taniguchi's about the town of Tottori, etc.)
The result is often inspired, always surprising: Japan through new eyes.
"Japan" will appear simultaneously in French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and English. Along with "A Patch Of Dreams" by Hideji Oda, it is the first step in a series of international creations with left-to-right reading direction, created for us by some of the best European and Japanese comic book artists.

List of included short stories:

At the Seaside - TAKAHAMA Kan
The Gateway - David Prudhomme
Summer Sky - TANIGUCHI Jiro
Now I Can Die! - Aurélia Aurita
Osaka 2034 - François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters
Shin.Ichi. - Emmanual Guibert
The New Gods - Nicolas de Crécy
Kankichi - MATSUMOTO Taiyo
The Tokyo of Qualtérou - Joann Sfar
The Sunflower - Little Fish
The Song of the Crickets - ANNO Moyoko
In Love Alley - Frédéric Boilet
The City of Trees - Fabrice Neaud
The Festival of the Bell-Horses - IGARASHI Daisuke
In the Deep Forest - HANAWA Kazuichi
Sapporo Fiction - Étienne Davodeau

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Associated Names
Japan (Anthology)
Japon
Japonia widziana oczyma 20 autorów
Kankichi

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (33 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.18 / 10.0
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November 5th 2011, 6:40pm PST


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Year
2006

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English Publisher
Ponent Mon (1 Volume - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #2241 increased(+672)
3 Month Pos #4298 increased(+610)
6 Month Pos #6379 increased(+266)

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On 161 wish lists
On 94 completed lists
On 6 unfinished lists
On 59 custom lists

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Quite good   
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by ilovekazehikaru
June 18th, 2012, 6:17am
The content is undeniably of good choices. However, I believe there are some small mistakes in translation. For example, if you look it up the poem at the end of Summer Sky, you'll find out that its author is Chuya Nakahara, not Chuya Nakamura and the translation of the poem is a bit wrong...
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An enjoyable anthology   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Highway-STAR
July 6th, 2008, 3:39pm
A fantastically well-balanced anthology. An A4-sized paperback collection of short stories of Japan, one half by native Japanese, the other by French/Francio-Belgian folk. All creators are well-known in the underground comics scene in their respective countries, although most of the French artists currently have no works translated in English.

The Japanese present to us fairytales related to the region they grew up in; while the French provide insightful (at times surreal) accounts of their brief stays in Japan.
Unfortunately the French half completely surpasses the Japanese side. Maybe its just me, but I enjoy reading a foreigner's travelogue more than some simple escapist fantasy yarn by a native.
Its not that the Japanese stories are badly written, its just that they fail to garner my interest. I would've preferred if the Japanese contributors did the same as the French, and the whole anthology would've read better if they did.

My favourite shorts including the ones by Taiyo Matsumoto, Joann Sfar, Jiro Taniguchi, Emmanuel Gibert and Aurélia Aurita. Most of the French authors were new to me, but the manga-ka told tales of what they enjoy telling the most; e.g. Matsumoto relates a surreal Edo-period story of a simple artist and his dog (drawn in a style what would later return in Takemitsu Zamurai), or Taniguchi conjures up a heartfelt short slice-of-life story not unlike Harukana Machi-E.

Highly recommended to those who appreciate European, alternative and underground comics.

... Last updated on March 19th, 2010, 4:55pm
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