© Yaro Abe 2017

20th Manga Division Jury Selections

umareta toki kara hetakuso (Born Awkward)

ABE Yaro [Japan]


An autobiographical manga based on the artist’s childhood days in Nakamura, Kochi Prefecture, during the 1960s and 70s. The day to day lives of bumbling father Akira, reticent but steady mother Asami, and withdrawn, contemplative son Makoto are depicted through humorous and touching episodes, written in the local dialect, that evoke nostalgic memories of the Showa era.