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April 9, 2013 6:50 AM

At D.C. gallery: Japanese illustrated books a precursor to manga

The Japanese comics known as manga have a long history, with roots dating back to books produced in the 17th century. Those roots are on display in a new exhibit, “Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer’s Japanese Illustrated Books” at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., through Aug. 11.

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