Eric Carle, Image from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Collection of The Chihiro Art Museum. ©1999 by Penguin Random House LLC.

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection: In remembrance of Mr. Eric Carle

Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the colorful picture book loved by children all over the world, passed away on May 23 at the age of 91. It was Mr. Carle who, in 1985, donated one of his works to support the Museum’s concept that considers original picture book illustrations as works of art. Mr. Carle’s donation marked the first piece of artwork in the Chihiro Art Museum collection. In this exhibit, we present Eric Carle works from our collection, introduce the collage technique he used to create them, and highlight the lengthy relationship that the Museum shared with him. We hope you will enjoy the […]

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Wen Hsu, From Nadi & Xiao Lan, 2008

Wen Hsu, From Nadi & Xiao Lan, 2008

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Let’s Travel the World with Picture Books!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives completely, restricting overseas travel and requiring great precaution when traveling within Japan. Our lives have become drastically claustrophobic compared to the times we were free to do as we pleased. However, there are no restrictions or worries in the world of picture books. In this exhibit we present artworks from the Chihiro Art Museum Collection which depict culture and lives from various countries across the world. We hope you will enjoy these art works by letting them take you on an imaginary journey around the world.

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Seiichi Tabata, From Oshiire no Boken (Adventure in a Closet), Doshinsha Publishing, 1974

Seiichi Tabata, From Oshiire no Boken (Adventure in a Closet), Doshinsha Publishing, 1974

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<Special Exhibition> Commemorating the 1st Anniversary of Seiichi Tabata’s Passing: Oshiire no Boken (Adventure in a Closet)

Oshiire no Bouken (Adventure in a Closet) is an ambitious picture book created by the writer, artist and editor working together as one. It became a million-seller with over 2.3 million copies sold since its publication in 1974 and is still extremely popular with children today. In this exhibit we will look back on the artworks by Seiichi Tabata who passed away in 2020 at the age of 89, showcasing the original picture book illustrations of Oshiire no Bouken (Adventure in a Closet) and the original artworks and reference materials for Sakura (Cherry Blossom), a book for the Japan-China-Korea Peace Picture Book Project. Special focus will be placed on picture […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, The Girl Wearing a Red Woolen Cap from Yuki no Hi no Tanjobi (Snowy Birthday) Shiko-sha, 1972

Chihiro Iwasaki, The Girl Wearing a Red Woolen Cap from Yuki no Hi no Tanjobi (Snowy Birthday) Shiko-sha, 1972

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My Favorite Artwork by Chihiro Exhibit by PiezoGraph

A participatory exhibition presenting Chihiro’s artworks selected by vote will be held from September 11, 2021 to November 30, 2021. Messages sent in by Chihiro art lovers will also be on display. This exhibition will be held concurrently at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Tokyo. We are inviting everyone to participate in “My Favorite Artwork by Chihiro” through a special website dedicated to this exhibit, flyers and social media. Based on the results of our poll, this exhibition will showcase PiezoGraphs in production by the Chihiro Art Museum since 2004. We would also like to share some of the special messages written in by people who have had their lives […]

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Mirko Hanak, From Trnky brnky naty hrnky, 1964

Mirko Hanak, From Trnky brnky naty hrnky, 1964

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Childhood

Running around a field or meeting mysterious creatures in the imaginary world… Childhood is full of play and unknown adventures. In this exhibit we showcase “Childhood” depicted in picture books by various artists around the world from Chihiro Art Museum Collection. If you find yourself resonating with a story from a country you may have never heard of, it may very well be because childhood is a universal experience. Let the exhibition take you back in time to your childhood!

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Yukihiko Tajima, From Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival), Doshinsha Publishing, 2016

Yukihiko Tajima, From Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival), Doshinsha Publishing, 2016

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<Special Exhibition> Town Painter of Today, Artist of Laughter and Defiance -Yukihiko Tajima Exhibition

Yukihiko Tajima (b. 1940) utilizes a technique known as stencil dyeing with a humorous and keen perspective to express his works. Presently in his 81st year, he vigorously continues to throw himself completely into the creation of his fascinating works of art. In this exhibit, we showcase original illustrations from his first picture book, Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival), the sidesplitting Jigoku no Sobee (Sobei in Hell), and Yanbaru no Shonen (The Boy of Yanbaru) a tale of children living in the modern society. A large installation will also be on display.

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl Wearing a Brown Hat, early 1970s

Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl Wearing a Brown Hat, early 1970s

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Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Totto-chan’s Square-Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window Exhibition

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s Madogiwa no Totto-chan (Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window) became the first best-selling book after World War II. Known for Chihiro’s illustrations, the book has been loved not only by the Japanese but by people around the world ever since its first publication. 2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the opening of Totto-chan’s Square in Azumino Chihiro Park, and the 40th anniversary of the publication of Madogiwa no Totto-chan. This exhibition focuses on the universal appeal of this book that interweaves Chihiro’s illustrations with Totto-chan’s story.

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Shigeru Hatsuyama, "Delivery of Spring", 1962

Shigeru Hatsuyama, "Delivery of Spring", 1962

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Snow, the Moon, the Wind and Flowers as Seen in the Chihiro Art Museum Collection

Every country in the world has its own unique natural landscape which nurtures and develops cultures distinct to its region. Many of the picture books created in these different places reflect their regional scenery. In this exhibit we present the Chihiro Art Museum collection with the theme of snow, the moon, wind and flowers, from the Japanese word Setsu Getsu Fu Ka that expresses the natural beauty of the four seasons. We hope you will enjoy the expression of snow, the moon, gentle wind, and flowers – universally loved themes as indicated by these picture books from around the world.

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Suekichi Akaba, Cover for Suho no Shiroi Uma (Suho’s White Horse), Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, 1967

Suekichi Akaba, Cover for Suho no Shiroi Uma (Suho’s White Horse), Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, 1967

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<Special Exhibition>Celebrating the 111th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth—Suekichi Akaba Exhibition: The Road to Picture Books

Suekichi Akaba (1910-1990) illustrated and authored numerous picture books that are still loved today such as Suho no Shiroi Uma (Suho’s White Horse) and Tsuru Nyobo (The Crane Wife). He was a gifted picture book artist with a natural talent for story interpretation, he was also a master of dramatical direction and had a profound knowledge of the climates and traditional cultures of Japan and China. With his refined approach to artistic expression, he was born to be a picture book artist. This exhibition focuses on the life and works of Akaba, who, amidst the hardships of history discovered picture books 15years after World WarⅡand opened new horizons in the […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, “Playing House”, 1959

Chihiro Iwasaki, “Playing House”, 1959

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Chihiro Iwasaki Exhibition -Children and Play-

Drawing children was a continued theme throughout Chihiro’s career. Frequently captured in her works are scenes of children at play. Play is said to have an important role in the development of children’s bodies and minds and enriches our daily lives. In this exhibit, we will present children and play drawn in picture books Tonari ni Kita Ko (Will You Be My Friend?), Akai Fusen (Red Balloon), picture magazines such as Asobi (Play)and child care books as well as illustrations for karuta (playing cards).

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