Chihiro Iwasaki, Boy Washing His Face, 1956

Chihiro Iwasaki, Boy Washing His Face, 1956

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The History of Chihiro – From the Art for Children to Picture Books-

Chihiro Iwasaki started her career as an artist in the field of publishing art for children’s books in the late 1940s after World War II. Her career coincided with the time when artists of children’s books gradually shifted their style from merely providing illustrations to creating picture books. In this exhibit, we explore the path of her career from the time she was illustrating for paper-theater storytelling panels, picture magazines and fairy tale collections as a children’s artist, to the time she became a picture book artist, creating many profound pieces.

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Mother's Day, 1972

Chihiro Iwasaki, Mother's Day, 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 Tokyo and Azumino. 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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Suekichi Akaba, from Daiku to Oniroku (Oniroku and the Carpenter), Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, 1962

Suekichi Akaba, from Daiku to Oniroku (Oniroku and the Carpenter), Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, 1962

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<Special Exhibition> Celebrating the 111th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth—Suekichi Akaba Exhibition: The Door to Japanese Art

Akaba once said, “I aspire to convey the beauty of old Japanese traditional art with a modern interpretation to the children of the next generation.” His first picture book Kasa Jizo (The Umbrella God) was depicted in ink and Daiku to Oniroku (Oniroku and the Carpenter) which followed the year after was painted in the Yamatoe style. Henceforth, Akaba took to studying Japanese painting and sought to find the form of expression most suited to the subject of the respective picture books he worked on. Akaba also incorporated his own interpretations of styles used in old narrative illustrations such as picture scrolls, Nara-ehon (illustrated manuscripts) and Tanroku-bon into his picture […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Children and Wisteria Flowers, 1970

Chihiro Iwasaki, Children and Wisteria Flowers, 1970

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Chihiro Iwasaki’s Kacho Fugetsu

Kacho-fugetsu (experiencing the beauty of nature) has been an important theme for the Japanese since ancient times. This Japanese aesthetic sensibility inherited by Chihiro is captured in many of her works that portray the fresh and vibrant beauty of nature. In this exhibit we showcase her representative works of children playing in four seasons, as well as picture book originals of Ame no Hi no Orusuban (Staying Home Alone on a Rainy Day) and Manyo no Uta (Verses of Ten Thousand Leaves). We will also explore how Japanese traditional art and her love of nature affected her expressions in compositions. We hope you will enjoy Chihiro’s Kacho-fugetsu filled with her […]

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

Seiichi Tabata, Cover for Oshiire no Bouken(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, Girl Holding Gerberas, circa 1970

Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl Holding Gerberas, circa 1970

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Chihiro Iwasaki Exhibition – Children are the Future –

Chihiro Iwasaki was an artist who made it her life’s work to create drawings of children. She believed in the great potential children had for the future and her works seem to carry the message that a peaceful life with children is the most precious thing in the entire world. Her words,“Wishing peace and happiness for all the children of the world,” strongly resonate with us even today, especially during these difficult times of challenges and uncertainty. In this exhibition, we will show her works and words focusing on presenting the truly precious and enriching aspects of our lives.

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