Last Saturday saw an auspicious moment for the field of manga study: the opening of Kyoto's new International Manga Museum. The museum, made by the city of Kyoto in cooperation with Kyoto Seika University (which has a four-year manga curriculum), currently has a collection of 200 000 manga. This figure is supposed to reach 300 000 by 2008.
The museum is administered by the university and aims to host exhibitions -at present one on manga around the world- and further manga research, both by conducting its own and by collaborating on domestic and international research projects. It will also train educators wishing to teach about manga, among a variety of other ambitious goals, all outlined nicely in english or japanese.