JFT Book Club (Hybrid) – Manga: Planetes by YUKIMURA Makoto

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September 28th, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Thank you to all those who participated in JFT Book Club (Hybrid) – Manga: Planetes by YUKIMURA Makoto!

For those who missed the book club but are interested in reading Planetes by yourself, click here to check out the Guiding Question Slides prepared by JFT Library Staff, which includes questions and themes to help you think more deeply about the manga. Hope this helps enhance your reading experience!


Sharing some comments from our participants!

“Really excellent service! Truly enjoyed all the discussions. I really liked the varied number of interests that everyone brought to the table. Genuinely enjoyed the discussion of both my online group as well as the in-person group.
Thank you to whoever listed down the discussion points. For Planetes, listing down a few topics from such a large number of themes and characters is extremely difficult and you did a fantastic job! It helped me and the online group really narrow down our discussion points. Thank you for the ice breakers and for keeping this session in Hybrid mode.”

“This had the best discussion out of the three book club sessions I’ve been to. I think having just one book is the best way to do this.”

“Great discussion! I should completely read the manga before I join…”

“It can’t be helped, but it’d be great if each topic can have slightly longer discussion time.”


Here are favourite manga/literature shared during the book club’s icebreaking activity. Find your next great reads!

  • Golden Kamuy by NODA Satoru*
  • Hunter x Hunter by TOGASHI Yoshihiro*
  • Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha) by OBANA Miho
  • Obasan by Joy Kogawa*
  • Full Metal Alchemist by ARAKAWA Hiromu*
  • Black Swan by YAMAGISHI Ryoko
  • To Your Eternity by OIMA Yoshitoki*
  • Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida
  • Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou by ASHINANO Hitoshi
  • Chainsaw Man by FUJIMOTO Tatsuki*
  • Kowloon Generic Romance by MAYUZUKI Jun*
  • Silver Spoon by ARAKAWA Hiromu*
  • Vinland Saga by YUKIMURA Makoto*
  • They Were Eleven by HAGIO Moto

*: Available at JFT Library or JF Canada/USA Digital Library


Please continue to check the JFT’s website and newsletters for future book club information.



For the upcoming JFT Book Club Online, we will discuss YUKIMURA Makoto’s manga (Japanese comic): Planetes, Volume 1 (the original Japanese version:『プラネテス』Volume 1-2)!

Join us in person or virtually to dive deep into this award-winning sci-fi manga with a remarkably realistic depiction of space and a moving story with philosophical themes and rich human drama of international characters! The author, globally renowned manga artist YUKIMURA Makoto is making his first visit to Canada as a featured guest of the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) 2023! Let’s enjoy this thought-provoking story together with other manga lovers from different cultural backgrounds!

For those new to the book club or if you just want to listen this time, we also have a small number of “Observer” slots!

P.S. A special video message from Mr. YUKIMURA will be exclusively shared with participants!

Register Here

*Please be aware that space may be limited.

*Depending on the number of participants and how the discussion goes, we might extend the end time until 8 pm (EDT). However, if you have other commitments, feel free to leave at 7:30 pm.


If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at library_jftoronto@jpf.go.jp. First-time participants are always welcome!


You can read a book by yourself, but when you read something thought-provoking or moving, it’s natural to want to discuss it with someone else. This will be an exciting opportunity to connect with other book lovers from different cultural backgrounds, find new and interesting books, authors, or themes, and develop a richer understanding of Japan that you wouldn’t gain from reading alone!



1. Once you register for the event, you will receive guiding questions to help you think more deeply about the manga.

2. On the day of the event, we will meet via Zoom and in person at Japan Foundation Toronto Library (2 Bloor St E #300, Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada). *How to find us: https://tr.jpf.go.jp/about-us/how-to-find-us/

3. We will start with a quick introduction & ice-breaking activity (*Light refreshments will be served for in-person participants)

4. Depending on the number of the participants, we will break into a few small groups to discuss questions so that everyone has a chance to share their thoughts.

5. After each breakout session, each group will share what they have discussed with other groups.

*There is no right or wrong answer. Different perspectives make discussion more fun and vibrant!


The physical copies of Planetes, Volume 1 and the original Japanese version『プラネテス』Volume 1-2 are available for checkout to JFT Book Club participants for a 1-week loan period (non-renewable). 

To get a new library card or to renew your existing card, please follow the instructions found here.

     Email Library to place hold (physical copy) 

*The physical copies of Planetes, Volume 2 and the original Japanese version『プラネテス』Volume 3 – 4 are in-library use only until the end of Toronto International Festival of Authors 2023 (September 21 – October 1, 2023).  

For more information about the book or where else you can get the manga copies, click here.


Front cover of Planetes, Omnibus volume 1, written by YUKIMURA Makoto Front cover of Planetes (Japanese version) volume 1, written by YUKIMURA MakotoPlanetes (原書:『プラネテス』)

Written and Illustrated by YUKIMURA Makoto

Translated by Yuki N. Johnson

Omnibus Published by Dark Horse Comics, 2015-2016



In the 2070s, increased interplanetary travel has led to crisis-level amounts of dangerous space debris, and someone has to clean it up. Planetes follows the space-garbage crew of aspiring explorer Hachimaki, mourning Yuri, and secretive Fee, collected in two omnibus editions, printed from the original files and complete with bonus color pages!

* Winner of two Seiun Awards, Japan’s highest honor for science fiction.

from Publisher’s website

Yukimura Makoto, Author of Vinland Saga and PlanetesABOUT THE AUTHOR

Makoto Yukimura is one of Japan’s most respected manga artists. His works include the Viking epic Vinland Saga (published in English by Kodansha), winner of the Japan Media Arts Grand Prize and adapted into an anime streaming worldwide on Netflix, and the hard science fiction series Planetes (published in English by Dark Horse).

Click here to see PDF file of author details, book list and TIFA related event info.

Related Programming:

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) 2023 – Manga Artist YUKIMURA Makoto in Toronto for TIFA 2023!

The Pursuit of Purpose:
Charting Vinland with YUKIMURA Makoto
Friday, September 22, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM (ET)
In-Person @ JFT Event Hall | Admission free | Registration required

 On September 22, Mr. Yukimura will sit down with Dr. Max Dionisio (Royal Ontario Museum) to unravel the secrets of creativity: his muses, his artistic deliberations, and the profound philosophies that breathe life into his narratives. Join us in Vinland as we explore the hugely popular genre of adventure manga together with Mr. Yukimura.

*Event registrants can enter a drawing to win a ticket to an autograph session at the JFT Library from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM on the same day.

Details Here


TIFA logo
Visions of Vinland With Makoto Yukimura @ Toronto International Festival of Authors
Saturday, September 23 @ 1:30 PM
In-Person @ Harbourfront Centre | Paid event | Registration required

  The internationally renowned Manga creator, Makoto Yukimura comes to Canada for the first time, offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the vivid, vicious world of Vinland Saga, the bestselling books that inspired the hugely popular Netflix adaptation.

Spanning 13 volumes, Thorfinn’s quest to avenge his father and find peace in a new land takes him on an epic journey from Iceland to England, Denmark, the Byzantine Empire and back again, facing battle, brutality & betrayal every step of the way. Now, it’s finally time for Thorfinn to discover the land he’s dreamed of since he first sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson – Vinland. Join Makoto Yukimura in conversation with Miles Baker, Managing Director of the Toronto Comic Art Festival for a unique and inspiring event.

Suitable for ages 12+.

Details Here


Find out how manga, or Japanese comics, are translated across genres in the first of the Parallel Worlds series of discussions, Parallel Worlds: Translating Manga, where translator Jocelyne Allen sits down with colleagues David Evelyn and Jenny McKeon to discuss the challenges and thrills of connecting two different cultures. You can now watch the recording on our YouTube channel.

For more recordings of past JFT lectures, interviews, presentations, and expert discussions, check out our Japan Dialogues collection.


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September 28th, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
September 28th, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto Library
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The Japan Foundation Toronto Library
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