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The Walking Man, a Manga By Jiro Taniguchi

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The Walking Man - A Celebration of the Ordinary.

  • Jun 24, 2009

The Manga "The Walking Man" by Jiro Taniguchi is an unusual Manga to say the least.

There is no Story as such, no action or romance, no thrills or excitement, no sex and violence, no fast cars, aliens or robots or the usual Boys-Toys that are so familiar to every reader of  Japanese Manga.

So whats it about ?

A man takes a walk.....   that´s it !

Now how can that be Fun to read ??  A man takes a walk !!!

Yep,  a man takes a walk. He lives in a Japanese suburb in a nice house with a garden, has a wive and a dog and he goes for a walk with his dog, goes to the bakery and buys a cake, climbs a tree, takes a swim, watches the people around him, gets cought in the rain and so on.

In fact just ordinary every day activities that are almost always excluded from stories.

It´s all about Being, and not Doing, and draws heavily from Zen and Taoistic philosopy that the essence of mans live is To Be and not To Do. 

A famous Taoistic saying is  "the usufullnes of uselessness".

Of course what makest this Manga Such a Treasure is the fabulous talent of Jiro Taniguchi, he is a superb artist and his drawings are such a visual treat, he manages to tell interesting stories with hardly any text but simply through pictures. There is so much feeling and atmosphere here, you really get a feel for the heat of a Japanese summers day and the Manga is just infused with a calm meditative flow, simply Beautiful.

This is Graphic Story telling at it´s Best and I can Highly recommend it.
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October 11, 2010
Now that sounds interesting. Calming in a way. Nice review.
April 15, 2010
The joy of being... Yes, this I can definitely associate with. As with zen. It's funny, I've been to Japan countless times and I have never really got into manga! But I'll definitely check this one out soon! Thanks for your recommendation & contribution to the Go Japan community!
June 25, 2009
absolutely entertaining review! Mangas are so different from American comic books, and they do have strong similarities to Korean comics.
June 25, 2009
Korean Comics ? I don´t know any , could you recommend anything ?
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Jiro Taniguchi (谷口ジロー Taniguchi Jirō) is a Japanese manga artist, born 14 August 1947 in Tottori PrefectureJapan.

He began to work as assistant of the late mangaka Kyota Ishikawa. He made his manga debut in 1970 withKareta Heya (A Desiccated Summer), published in the magazine Young Comic.

From 1976 to 1979, he created several hard-boiled comics with the scenarist Natsuo Sekigawa, such as City Without DefenseThe Wind of the West is White and Lindo 3. From 1984 to 1991, Taniguchi and Natsuo Sekigawa produced the trilogy Bocchan No Jidai. In the 1990s, he came up with several albums, among which Aruku Hito (歩くひと), Chichi no koyomi (The Almanac of My Father), and Keyaki no ki .

In 2001, he created the Icare (Icaro) series on texts by Mœbius. Jirô Taniguchi gained several prizes for his work. Among others, the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1998) for the trilogy Bocchan No Jidai, the Shogakukan prize with Inu wo Kau, and in 2003, the Alph'Art of the best scenario at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (France) for Harukana Machi-E. His work has been translated in many languages.

Far from the violent storylines often associated with young men's manga, Taniguchi has developed a very personal style, more adult. Along with other writers, like Tsukasa Hōjō, his comics focus more on ...

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