Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo

July 9 through October 30, 2011

For over 25 years, fans around the world have been enjoying Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Sakai and includes original drawings and paintings that bring to life the adventures of his samurai rabbit from 17th century feudal Japan.

Usagi Yojimbo is based on the historical figure Miyamoto Musashi and inspired by Japanese folklore, literature, and film. Heavily researched and rich in detail, Sakai’s storylines mix both humor and drama to tell adventures that include authentic Japanese history and culture in the form of a distinctly American comic book.

With translations in multiple languages, Usagi Yojimbo’s popularity spans many countries and has earned Sakai several awards including the National Cartoonists Society Award, Parents Choice Award, and numerous Eisner Awards.

A new short documentary about Sakai is being developed for the exhibition by the Museum’s award-winning Watase Media Arts Center.

Premier Sponsor:
Daruma Asset Management

Additional support provided by The James Irvine Foundation.

Media Sponsors: The Rafu Shimpo and LA 18 KSCI-TV.

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