Exhibitions and Events

A History of Japanese Picture Books―From picture scrolls to contemporary picture books

The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL), in collaboration with the Chihiro Art Museum, announces an exhibition entitled "A History of Japanese Picture Books―From picture scrolls to contemporary picture books", to be held at the ILCL starting Wednesday, November 1 to 30, 2017.
The exhibit will showcase many historical Japanese picture books, including classical documents held by the National Diet Library and the Chihiro Art Museum. It is an excellent opportunity to view historical picture scrolls as well as the latest in contemporary picture books.

Examples of the books on display

From the left:

  • Oyayubihime : Anderusen dowa, original story by Hans Christian Andersen, written by Masao Kusuyama and illustrated by Shigeru Hatsuyama, Fuzambo 1925
  • Jidosha zukushi, written by Teruo Miyamoto and illustrated by Matsujiro Murakami etc., Shinchosha 1950
  • Fukimanbuku, written and illustrated by Seizo Tashima, Kaiseisha 1973
  • Matsuge no umi no hikosen, written by Haruo Yamashita and illustrated by Hanmo Sugiura, Kaiseisha 1983
  • Tonari no seki no masudakun, written and illustrated by Miho Takeda, POPLAR Publishing 1991
  • Fushigi na tomodachi, written and illustrated by Yukihiko Tajima, Kumonshuppan 2014

During the exhibition, digital versions of historical picture scrolls (E-ingakyo, Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) and Tsukumogami-ki) will be featured in the Brick Building 3F Lounge at the ILCL.

A History of Japanese Picture Books―From picture scrolls to contemporary picture books
Organizers International Library of Children's Literature,
Chihiro Art Museum (Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation)
Date From November 1, 2017 (Wed.) to November 30, 2017 (Thu.)
*Please note that part of the exhibition will change from November 16.
Closed Mondays, November 3, November 15, November 23
Hours 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Venue Brick Building 3F Museum, International Library of Children's Literature (Ueno Park) [ACCESS]
Admission Free