Kabuki is Opera! Manga series: Italian manga artist Peppe’s encounter with Japanese culture Vol.1

Peppe is an Italian manga artist who has won his first serialization with the manga Mingo: Itariajin ga Minna Moteru to Omou na yo(English title|Mingo: Don’t think that all Italians would be popular with the girls!) (Shogakukan). Peppe is also active as a model, appearing in Japanese reality television show Terrace House Tokyo in 2019.

We at TOKION asked Peppe to create a manga series to find out what an Italian guy  thinks of Japanese culture. In the series, Peppe will experience Japan’s unique culture and introduce it in the form of short manga story. In the first installment of the series, Peppe will experience Kabuki for the first time at the Kabuki-Za Theater in Ginza, Tokyo. Let’s find out how Peppe feel about Japanese Kabuki .

——How did you find your first Kabuki performance?

Peppi: Just like the first time I went to a Japanese movie theater, I was quite nervous because I was wondering if my Japanese proficiency was good enough or not. And I just realized it wasn’t good enough at all in the first few minutes. Haha. I didn’t understand the words, but I decided to concentrate on watching the performance. When I was watching it, I thought it was similar to an opera. It was an amazing experience.

——Did you enjoy it even if you didn’t understand the language?

Peppe: There was an explanation of the story in English in the pamphlet, so I was able to enjoy it even if I didn’t understand conversations among the characters.

——Would you like to see it again?

Peppi: Since it was all so much fun, I would like to see another Kabuki perdormance next time. I also became curious about Bunraku, so I’d like to try it if I have a chance.

Translation Shinichiro Sato



Born on December 24th in 1992, in Abruzzo, Italy. Peppe became enamored with Japanese culture, especially manga, and enrolled in Japanese Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He came to Japan alone in January 2015, dreaming of becoming a manga artist. He entered the modeling world to earn a living and appeared in various magazines and TV commercials. Peppe also went on Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 and became a popular figure. He began publishing Mingo: Itariajin ga Minna Moteru to Omou na yo in Big Comic Spirits on October 12th, 2019. Four volumes have been published thus far. Instagram:@peppedesu Photography @gybphotography