The Manga Shop focuses on the art of manga (Japanese comic books). The exterior of the shop structure resembles the facades of two buildings straddling an alley way. Manga activities are located inside the shop including:
- Buy and Sell in Manga Mania Visitors role play customer and shopkeeper at a sales counter using Japanese manga books, magazines and related items. A cash register invites visitors to push number buttons to Japanese numbers or phrase buttons to hear simple phrases in Japanese. The display case under the cash register contains snacks, candy, and the obligatory maneki-nekoi or beckoning cat. The cash drawer contains laminated mock-ups of Japanese bills and money trays.
- Manga Packages Visitors engage in a seek-and-find activity with specially packaged, manga-related objects. Visitors remove a package from the rack and examine the object, photographs and text. Then, visitors make connections between the packaged object and other objects or information in the shop.
- How to Read Manga Visitors encounter an oversized “book” of manga, opened to reveal two pages, each of which hold a different puzzle activity. Together, the puzzles demonstrate how manga is typically read (right to left and top to bottom).
- Browsing the Stacks Shelves in the shop hold many examples of manga books and magazines for visitors to browse.
Contact: Amber Stevenson, Traveling Exhibit Manager at 651-225-6053 or contact Traveling Exhibits online.