May 01-31: 100 Years of Yuri - Gallery Display @ Page & Panel

Events / Gallery Shows

100 Years of Yuri Manga
Gallery Display at Page & Panel, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
May, 2019
Curated by Erica Friedman

TCAF is proud to present 100 Years of Yuri, a program curated by Erica Friedman to be featured at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival this year. The program will include a Gallery Display of Yuri related materials and a wide selection of Yuri books for sale at Page & Panel, a special presentation by Yuri at (and in conjunction with) The Japan Foundation, Toronto, and even a special Yuri Manga Creator coming all the way from Japan! For more details check the news section of the website.

About 100 Years of Yuri Manga @ Page & Panel:

A display of original yuri materials will be exhibited at Page & Panel in the month of May, 2019, in conjunction with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Materials will include English and Japanese manga, and original artworks/genga.

What is Yuri?

Yuri is Japanese for the lily flower.  It is also the name given to the youngest of all the genres of Japanese animation and comics.
The term Yuri (百合) is used to refer to stories that contain romantic relationships between girls or women or, sometimes more generally, stories with a lesbian character.

Why is the genre named after a flower?

That’s a pretty great question and we don’t have a single, simple answer to it. In the Victorian “Language of Flowers” the lily was sometimes seen as representing “purity” (it was also understood as friendship or deception, the language of flowers was not all that great for communication….). In the early 20th century girls in intense romantic relationships at girls’ school were seen as being in “pure” relationships. So, lilies were a common symbol that got attached the genre.

Wait, you said it’s the youngest genre. How can it be celebrating 100 years? 

As a literary genre, Yuri got its start in girl’s magazines of the 1920s. We date this anniversary from the serialization of a specific story that solidified a great number of the most foundational tropes of the genre, Yoshiya Nobuko’s “Yaneura no Nishojo”, Two Maidens in the Attic.
The first Yuri manga was published in the 1970s, right alongside the first Boy’s Love manga, and it wasn’t until the 2010’s that Yuri was recognized as a genre by Japanese anime and manga companies. At Yuricon, we’ve been working had to make that possible. For more information on Yuri, please visit