Seizo Tashima, from Fukimanbuku (The Butterbur Sprout) Kaisei-sha, 1973
Seizo Tashima Exhibit: Fukinambuku (The Butterbur Sprout)—And from Now on
Seizo Tashima described his picture book Fukimanbuku (The Butterbur Sprout) as “a story of the soil as the source of life” and in this exhibition we showcase all of the original illustrations featured in this work. The story takes place in Hinode-Mura (now Hinode-Cho) in western Tokyo, where Tashima lived from 1969 to 1998. The area’s locals called butterbur sprouts “fukimanbuku,” which is what gave Tashima the idea for this picture book. In this exhibition we will present sketches the artist created for the book and introduce background information from the period, focusing on the power this work continues to wield nearly a half-century after its publication. Furthermore, the exhibit will showcase other works by Tashima deeply intertwined with art and society to this day.