<4th Exhibition in Commemoration of the Museum's 40th Anniversary>
The 100-Year History of Japanese Picture Books
In the 1910s, several Japanese magazines for children, such as asKodomo no Tomo(The Children’s Companion) andAkai Tori(Red Bird), were launched one after the other. Against the backdrop of the prosperity that arrived to Japan after World War I, a period known as the Taisho Democracy, highly artistic illustrated magazines and picture books emerged from the movement at the time promoting fairy tales, nursery songs and pictures for children. Following World War II, picture books enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the contributions of Chihiro Iwasaki and other unique artists. In this exhibition we will follow the progression of the uniquely rich expressiveness of Japanese picture books over the past 100 years.
Held every first and third Saturday of the month, from 2:00 p.m. Museum staff will provide commentary while viewing artwork on display in exhibition rooms.
Picture Book Time
Held every second and fourth Saturday of the month, from 11:00 a.m. Storytelling sessions are held in the Play Room, featuring picture books selected in accordance with the seasons and current exhibitions.