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Exhibition Celebrates Takashi Yanase’s Legacy

Visitors, with the character Yanase Usagi behind them, view illustrations on display at an exhibition introducing the magazine “Ichigo Ehon” at the Poem and Marchen Gallery in Kami, Kochi Prefecture, on March 18.

Visitors, with the character Yanase Usagi behind them, view illustrations on display at an exhibition introducing the magazine “Ichigo Ehon” at the Poem and Marchen Gallery in Kami, Kochi Prefecture, on March 18.

Akiyoshi Hatamoto reports: An exhibition featuring original works from a children’s magazine edited by manga artist and poet Takashi Yanase (1919-2013) is under way at the Poem and Marchen Gallery in Kami, Kochi Prefecture. The gallery is part of the Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall.

Ichigo Ehon” (Strawberry picture book), was a sister magazine of “Shi to Meruhen” (Poem and Marchen), which Yanase also edited. The exhibition offers an opportunity to review how Yanase tried to nurture children’s artistic sensitivity through the publication.

The current exhibition began last month when the gallery reopened after completing renovations. The building was closed from Jan. 10 to have its air conditioning system fixed. Yanase Usagi (Yanase rabbit) — one of the characters the popular manga artist created — greeted visitors on opening day.

“Ichigo Ehon” started as a “luxurious” publication to present children’s poems accompanied with illustrations drawn by professional artists. Yanase came up with the idea after seeing many children had sent in their original poems to “Shi to Meruhen.”

Moe Nagata and Shomei Yo are some of the popular illustrators who made their debut through the magazine. “Ichigo Ehon” was published every month from 1975 to 1982. It was one of Yanase’s attempts to support artists who inspired children.

The display, which shows about 130 works by Yanase, includes original front-page illustrations — with elaborate descriptions colorfully describing the seasons — as well as drawings for his serial essay, “Kaze no Kuchibue” (The whistle of the wind). Yanase introduced foreign writers of children’s books in his essays. … (read more)

via The Japan News

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