"KOJIKI", manga versions are getting popular
I found it very interesting, manga version of "KOJIKI", the oldest literary work in Japan about early chronicle of myths, legends, songs, genealogies, oral traditions and semi-historical accounts is getting quite popular! Manga, is a soft power of the Japanese to make things easy for beginners to understand something quite hard to grasp by just written texts.
<Left> "Manga KOJIKI" (2015) ---Story of kami (s) with
love, tears, and courage---.
"KOJIKI ---kami's interpretation---"(2017, Oct) by Yuji Arakawa
A popular young blogger with million readers writings about kami become a book!
"Fun and easy manga KOJIKI" (2017, May)
---Japanese kami(s) and stories of the beginning" (2017, July)
Kojiki (古事記, "Records of Ancient Matters" or "An Account of Ancient Matters"), is an early Japanese chronicle of myths, legends, songs, genealogies, oral traditions and semi-historical accounts down to 641 concerning the origin of the Japanese archipelago, the kami (神), and the Japanese imperial line. It is claimed in its preface to have been composed by Ō no Yasumaro at the request of Empress Genmei in the early 8th century (Nara period: 711–712), and thus is usually considered to be the oldest extant literary work in Japan. (Wikipedia)
So, Nara is where the original KOJIKI was written! !
There are so many unique kamis in those books in many different tastes of manga artists. . Thanks to manga culture, though once kamis stories and faith had been lost after the WWII, many kami figures are vividly back to public in an unexpected way, even for the younger generations.
Maybe, just my guess, in a near future, some popular parts of the mythology will be a live movie, using high tech and CGs.