In 1992, i started a cross-cultural study of children's artistic development based on drawing from Japanese and US children. As a result of analyzing more than 3,000 drawings. I found Japanese children had unique ways of creating 3-D space on 2-D surfaces that US children seldom did.
Why do Japanese children draw in their own ways? How do they invent unique patterns of spatial treatment? I concluded that the reason for Japanese children's inventions in the pictorial worlds is manga's(Japanese comics) influences. With this as a start, the phenomenon of Japanese pop culture became an interest as it relates to the relationship between universality and cltual specificity in children's artistic, aesthetic, and cognitive developments.
I hope that this site will be a good forum for discussing popular visual culture from different points of views.
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