The 100 Year History of Japanese Picture Books
An exhibition looking at the rich history of Japanese children’s picture books over the past 100 years. Since the early 20th century many children’s magazines were launched in Japan, including Kodomo no Tomo (The Children’s Companion) and Akai Tori (Red Bird). In post war Taisho era, illustrated picture books and colorful magazines promoted fairytales and nursery rhymes to children. During the Showa period, picture books continued to thrive and benefited from a wealth of talented and unique Japanese illustrators including Chihiro Iwasaki (the gallery’s namesake), Shigeru Hatsuyama and many more. The exhibition is part of the museum’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and coincides with a separate exhibition focusing on Chihiro Iwasaki’s life and career.
Image: ‘Kodomo no kuni’ Shigeru Hatsuyama painting collection 1935, ©Shigeru Hatsuyama ©CHIHIRO ART MUSEUM TOKYO