Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo

Past Exhibition

Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo

Here are some fun and informative things to download and check out online!

 

Stan Sakai Usagi Yojimbo black and white coloring sheetUsagi Yojimbo Activity Sheets

Download this Usagi Yojimbo coloring sheet that doubles as a cool reminder to come check out the exhibition!

Coloring Sheet

 

Stan Sakai Links

 

Discover Nikkei

DiscoverNikkei.org is an award-winning web project of the Japanese American National Museum that provides an interactive space for sharing Nikkei-related community and personal stories, events, and resources. Learn more about Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo on Discover Nikkei at the links below.

July 09 - October 30, 2011

Japanese American National Museum

For over 25 years, fans around the world have been enjoying Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Sakai and includes original drawings and paintings that bring to life the adventures of his samurai rabbit from 17th century feudal Japan.

Usagi Yojimbo is based on the historical figure Miyamoto Musashi and takes inspiration from Japanese folklore, literature, and film. Heavily researched and rich in detail, Sakai’s storylines mix both humor and drama to tell adventures that include authentic Japanese history and culture in the form of a distinctly American comic book.

With translations in multiple languages, Usagi Yojimbo’s popularity spans many countries and has earned Sakai several awards including the National Cartoonists Society Award, Parents Choice Award, and numerous Eisner Awards.

In addition to the original artwork, the exhibition will include comic book covers, translated comics, toys, and other artists’ renditions of Usagi Yojimbo. Other features will include a new short documentary about Stan Sakai developed for the exhibition by the Museum’s award-winning Watase Media Arts Center, a special Usagi Yojimbo cut-out photo opportunity designed by Sakai, and other activities to enhance your visit.

 

Premier Sponsor:  Daruma sponsor logo

Additional support provided by The James Irvine Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

Media Sponsors:   Darkhorse Comics logoKSCI-18 sponsor logoRafu Shimpo sponsor logo

 

July 09 - October 30, 2011

Japanese American National Museum

For over 25 years, fans around the world have been enjoying Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Sakai and includes original drawings and paintings that bring to life the adventures of his samurai rabbit from 17th century feudal Japan.

Usagi Yojimbo is based on the historical figure Miyamoto Musashi and takes inspiration from Japanese folklore, literature, and film. Heavily researched and rich in detail, Sakai’s storylines mix both humor and drama to tell adventures that include authentic Japanese history and culture in the form of a distinctly American comic book.

With translations in multiple languages, Usagi Yojimbo’s popularity spans many countries and has earned Sakai several awards including the National Cartoonists Society Award, Parents Choice Award, and numerous Eisner Awards.

In addition to the original artwork, the exhibition will include comic book covers, translated comics, toys, and other artists’ renditions of Usagi Yojimbo. Other features will include a new short documentary about Stan Sakai developed for the exhibition by the Museum’s award-winning Watase Media Arts Center, a special Usagi Yojimbo cut-out photo opportunity designed by Sakai, and other activities to enhance your visit.

 

Premier Sponsor:  Daruma sponsor logo

Additional support provided by The James Irvine Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

Media Sponsors:   Darkhorse Comics logoKSCI-18 sponsor logoRafu Shimpo sponsor logo

 

Discover Nikkei

Video still of Stan Sakai at his drawing desk

Interview: Stan Sakai

August 2012

Illustrator and writer Stan Sakai is known for his creation of the popular comic book character, “Usagi Yojimbo” in 1984. Since 1987, a series of comic books have detailed the adventures of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in the late 16th and early 17th Century. 

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Black and white cartoon of Usagi Yojimbo pouncing on an unsuspecting man eating food by Stan Sakai

Stan Sakai: The Cartoonist

May 4, 2011

"Sakai utilized his skills as a commercial artist and illustrator to turn into the cartoonist he dreamed of becoming."

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Ronin Rabbit action figure

Ronin Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Amazing Usagi Yojimbo

October 25, 2007

"In the years since its inception, Usagi Yojimbo, Sakai's fast-paced comic book series featuring a samurai rabbit as its hero, has attracted a remarkable international following."

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Stan Sakai signing his work at the opening

Year of the Rabbit Upper Level Members Reception

July 22, 2011

Look at these awesome pictures! Photos by Richard Watanabe and Nobuyuki Okada.

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July 23, 2011

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July 29, 2011 

During the summer when we have fewer school visitors, the Education Unit runs summer sessions for the volunteers. Here are some quick, recent highlights…

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The Last Labbit Auction!

October 1, 2011 

There are still some fine Labbits available on janmstore.com, but they are going fast. We sold 6 more after the show was over!

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