Since 1995, the Japan Foundation Asia Center has put on "The Asian Cartoon Exhibition" as a medium to convey an understanding among Asian society. The theme of the 8th Asian Cartoon Exhibition, which was presented in Japan in 2003, is 「生きがい」 or "The Meaning of Life." That year could be marked as a particularly difficult year to live by for people around the world with an international terrorism, the wars in Iraq and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) problem, just to name a few. The life in Asia is, by no means, easy and the meaning of it was interpreted through the eyes of 13 cartoonists from 11 Asian countries.
The exhibition has traveled from Japan to China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and, at last, it is presented here in Thailand (for limited time only, of course.) Those who are interested could go and enjoy the exhibition for free in Bangkok at the Japan Foundation Art Space, located at the 10th Floor of Sermmit Tower on Sukhumvit 21 (Asoke) Road. The exhibition is open on Monday to Friday at 09.00 to 19.00 and Saturday at 09.00 to 17.00 from July 15th to August 13th, 2005.