Exclusive Lecture with Acclaimed Author This Friday!

In conjunction with our latest exhibition opening, Japan’s Robot Kingdom, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has invited the legendary Frederik L. Schodt to speak with anime fans, manga devotees and robot-enthusiasts alike during a lecture to remember this Friday, June 26th.

As a professional manga and anime translator who helped pioneer the introduction of Japanese comics to America, Schodt has traveled the world for decades aiming to facilitate communication between people in North America and Japan in some manner. This Friday, Schodt will host an intimate discussion touching on his vast knowledge of robots of Japan and the role they play in pop-culture and beyond. In his illustrated and entertaining presentation, Schodt will discuss what “The Robot Kingdom” really means, how it came to be and challenges the industry has faced in recent years.


  • Cost: $10 for non-members, $7 for members
  • Advance ticket purchase required (limited availability, so act fast!)
  • Time: 7:15 (museum doors open at 6:00pm)
  • Tickets will be held at the door under your name

Japanese are famous for their love of robots, and the media often refers to the country as “The Robot Kingdom.” In the postwar period, Japan was quick to introduce industrial robots into its manufacturing industries. Humanoid and cute pet robots also became an important part of Japanese fantasy in manga, anime and toys. Robots have become a romantic symbol of technological prowess, and a source of national pride.

Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco area. Schodt has written books on popular culture, history, and technology, and has translated everything from government documents to literature. He is the author of Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia (1988) as well as The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution (2007). In addition to his original works, Fred is the translator of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Gundam trilogy of novels, Osamu Tezuka’s entire Astro Boy manga series, and Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell and other robot-related manga stories.  In 2009, the Emperor of Japan awarded Schodt the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his work in introducing Japanese popular culture to North America. His latest book is Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—And Japan to the West, which won the Circus Historical Society’s Stuart Thayer Prize in 2013.

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