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Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
91-30 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, New York 11375
The Japanese Culture & Manga collection provides suggestions for print resources that will enhance reading and learning experiences for all students.
*Snapshot of the Collection Development Policy for Japanese Culture & Manga. Please keep in mind that this collection serves the MELS Library and the books in this collection are merely suggestions. Therefore, this collection may consist of titles that meet the needs of the MELS community, but may not meet the needs of your school community.
How This Collection is Used at MELS
- Japanese Culture & Manga Book Club
- Japanese Visual Storytelling Class
- Manga & Anime Club
- MELS Comic Con
- Special Programs & Events
- Curriculum Alignment
- Independent Reading
- International Travel
Manga in Libraries
Manga in Libraries provides book lists, webinars, and resources for manga readership,
manga collection development, manga programming, and more!
Manga in the Citywide Digital Collection
Manga in the MELS Library Catalog
Highlights from the Japanese Culture Collection
Cool Japan Guide by
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
Traveling to Japan has never been so much fun--visit the land of anime, manga, cosplay, hot springs and sushi! This graphic Japan travel guide is the first of its kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist's perspective.Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to: the exciting world of Japanese food--from bento to sushi and everything in between. theotaku (geek) culture of Japan, including a manga market in Tokyo where artists display and sell their original artwork. the complete Japanese shopping experience, fromcombini (not your run-of-the-mill convenience stores!) todepato (department stores with everything). the world's biggest manga, anime and cosplay festivals. lots of other exciting places to go and things to do--like zen gardens, traditional Japanese arts, and a ride on a Japanese bullet train. Whether you're ready to hop a plane and travel to Japan tomorrow, or interested in Japanese culture, this fun and colorful travelogue by noted comic book artist and food blogger Abby Denson, husband Matt, friend Yuuko, and sidekick, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will present Japan in a unique and fascinating way.
Yum-Yum Bento Box by
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Pre-order from AmazonPre-order from Your Local, Independent Bookstore via IndieboundOh, boy-obento! These cute, yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers think of them as an expression of love for their children. Yum-Yum Bento Box is one of the first cookbooks in English devoted to these healthy and adorable meals-they're fresh, they're tasty, and they're almost too cute to eat!Each step-by-step recipe in Yum-Yum Bento Box is simple and adaptable. Readers will learn how to form their favorite foods into a variety of shapes-from zebras, panda bears, and monkeys to kitties, piggies, and puppy dogs. Chapters include instructions for classic bento boxes and character-driven bentos (called Kyaraben), plus shopping advice, general tips and tricks, and much more. Stop wasting money on prepackaged lunches-and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!
Highlights from the Manga Collection
A Silent Voice 1 by
Call Number: 741.5 OIM
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once more.' Years ago, Shoya Ishida led his peers in tormenting a hearing-impaired classmate, Shoko Nishimiya. When she transfers schools, Shoya finds he has gone from bully to bullied, and is left completely alone. Now Shoya struggles to redeem himself in Shoko's eyes and to face the classmates who turned on him. He learns sign language to apologise to Shoko for his behaviour, and so begins a relationship that will change his and Shoko's lives forever.'
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world's greatest hero, but greatness won't come easy. What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called "Quirks"? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn't got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny...
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, Vol. 1 by
Publication Date: 2018-07-03
Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family! In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life. Learning to slay demons won't be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what's going on, might provide some answers...but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first! Action-adventure title similar to InuYasha that pits samurai swords against demons.
Witch Hat Atelier 1 by
Publication Date: 2019-04-09
Best of 2019 -- AV Club, New York Public Library, Nerdist, SYFY Wire, Chicago Public Library"Harry Potter meets Kiki's Delivery Service!" -AV Club A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. Reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, this lushly-drawn story has captured the hearts of fantasy fans worldwide. In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch...until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she's never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody "knows" might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem...
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