Jordanian wins manga award

Jordanian wins manga award
Updated 29 June 2015

Jordanian wins manga award

Jordanian wins manga award

RIYADH: Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda recently presented the bronze award of his country’s 8th International Manga Award to Amani Badran, a Jordanian citizen.
On her behalf, her brother Ayman Badran received the award at a ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan in Riyadh in the presence of artists and guests.
The award ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to honor artists who have contributed to the promotion of manga (Japanese comics) overseas. According to the embassy, there were 317 entries from 46 countries and regions last year.
“To receive such an award from Japan is indeed a great honor for my sister and our country’s artists,” said Ayman. It also reflects the embassy’s support and encouragement for arts.
According to an embassy source, Eesar Magazine, published the award-winning work of Amani. Muhammad Tamimi, the editor in chief of the magazine was among those present.
Tamimi presented a commemorative shield appreciating the ambassador’s support to cultural exchange through manga between Saudi Arabia and Japan.
The Culture and Education department at the embassy, following the first selection carried out with the assistance of the Association of Manga Publishers, said that the award’s jury, led by Machiko Satonaka (a manga artist), made a strict and fair judgment.
The executive committee of the award chose a total of 15 winners, one gold award, three silver awards and 11 bronze awards, including “Another World, It Exists,” written by Sakinah Al-Sadah (SaKoos SHS), a female Saudi manga writer.
The embassy would like to announce that it is open to those interested in taking part in the next award through the website of the Embassy of Japan in Saudi Arabia.