According to The Japan Times, Professor Kaichiro Morikawa and the Meiji University will open the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures, which will house the 140,000-plus items of the late manga critic and subculture enthusiast’s private collection.
Yoshihiro Yonezawa was among the first manga critics in Japan, and he helped to legitimize the medium with his writings in the ’80s. Up until his death in 2006, he was a voracious collector, known to fill entire houses with books and manga, then abandon the space as storage and migrate to another house to repeat the process. This earned him a unique sort of repute, and friends would come to him to “donate” loads of manga and magazines they no longer wanted.
There are several Manga museums in Japan, but the Yonezawa collection is notable for the broad spectrum of its works – from rental manga, to ladies comics and pornographic manga for women, as well as manga sold from vending machines and miniature manga given away as prizes.
Being an ardent anime fan, I can’t wait for ereader technology to come to the point when manga, and comics in general, can be properly displayed. Thanks to Bookofjoe for the link.