Yayoi Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Yayoi Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Life is Short, Fall in Love - Hiromi Matsuo x Taisho Love Files

    Life is Short, Fall in Love - Hiromi Matsuo x Taisho Love Files

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    • Media: Illustration - Prints
    • 2017-07-01 - 2017-09-24

    Japan’s Taisho era (1912-1926) was full of frequent reports about romantic love affairs. Charismatic actress Sumako Matsui committed suicide straight after the death of her theater director Hogetsu Shimamura,...More »

  • poster for Setsu Nagasawa 100th Anniversary: Master of Drawing, Charismatic Leader of Setsu Mode Seminar

    Setsu Nagasawa 100th Anniversary: Master of Drawing, Charismatic Leader of Setsu Mode Seminar

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Fashion - Talks
    • 2017-04-01 - 2017-06-25

    Creating flamboyant drawings with a unique aesthetic sense, Setsu Nagasawa (1917-1999) was a leader in the world of fashion illustration in Japan. His “Setsu Aesthetics” take an idiosyncratic approach...More »

  • poster for Sublime Spirit: The Samurai Manga of Hiroshi Hirata

    Sublime Spirit: The Samurai Manga of Hiroshi Hirata

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    • 2017-01-03 - 2017-03-26

    The first major exhibition for Hiroshi Hirata, creator of masterpiece samurai and historical manga such as “Satsuma Gishiden,” “Kyudo Shikon,” and “Kuroda Sanjurokkei.” Hirata, who turns 80 in 2017, has...More »

  • poster for Ryoko Yamagishi “Shine – The World of Metamorphose”

    Ryoko Yamagishi “Shine – The World of Metamorphose”

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    • Media: Illustration - Manga
    • 2016-09-30 - 2016-12-25

    Manga artist Ryoko Yamagishi debuted in 1969. In works such as the major hits “Arabesque” and “Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi,” she delights readers with skillful psychological portrayals and compelling scenes....More »

  • poster for The 40th Anniversary Osamu Goods

    The 40th Anniversary Osamu Goods

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks
    • 2016-07-01 - 2016-09-25

    2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Osamu Goods, celebrated here through a special exhibition. Created by the illustrator Osamu Harada, Osamu Goods proved to be a huge hit amongst junior high and high school...More »

  • poster for The Kimono of Junichiro Tanizaki

    The Kimono of Junichiro Tanizaki

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    • Media: Graphics - Fashion - Product
    • 2016-03-31 - 2016-06-26

    “The Makioka Sisters”, written by Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965), is a tale of women who love antique kimono. The glamorous actresses of stage and film often appear in kimono, but how did Tanizaki really...More »

  • poster for Dousei Jidai Kazuo Kamimura x Bijokaitai Shinsho Exhibition

    Dousei Jidai Kazuo Kamimura x Bijokaitai Shinsho Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Talks
    • 2016-01-03 - 2016-03-27

    Kazuo Kamimura made a sensation in 1970 with the manga “Dousei Jidai” (Cohabitation Era)and continued to make breath taking depictions of women up until his early death at the age of 45 years old. Every...More »

  • poster for Eiko Mutsu x Girls’ Manga - A Dokidoki “Ribbon” World

    Eiko Mutsu x Girls’ Manga - A Dokidoki “Ribbon” World

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks
    • 2015-10-01 - 2015-12-25

    Between the mid 1970s to the 1980s, the manga artist Eiko Mutsu actively contributed to the manga magazine “Ribbon”, with a host of girlish characters facing the complexities of love and friendship. Her...More »

  • poster for Miyuki Morimoto Exhibition

    Miyuki Morimoto Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Fashion
    • 2015-07-03 - 2015-09-23

    Following the 30 year career of the fashion illustrator Miyuki Morimoto(1959-2013), known as an icon of Shibuya style. [Related Events] Gallery Talk Date: August 9(Sun) 15:00- (approx 1 hour) Guest...More »

  • poster for Sayume Tachibana “The Bewitching Beauty of Japan”

    Sayume Tachibana “The Bewitching Beauty of Japan”

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Talks
    • 2015-04-03 - 2015-06-28

    Amongst the oeuvre of Sayume Tachibana his early painting work has rarely been exhibited. The reason for this is that in 1923, at the age of 31 the Great Kanto Earthquake struck and many of his works were...More »

  • poster for Tomiya Oda “The Swordsman Sazen Tange “

    Tomiya Oda “The Swordsman Sazen Tange “

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2015-01-03 - 2015-03-29

    From the end of the Taisho era to the early Showa period as popular culture began to flourish illustrator Tomiya Oda took up his career in illustrations for period novels, with depictions of Fubo Hayashi’s...More »

  • poster for Takani Artworks— Unmatched Steel Machinery Illustrations

    Takani Artworks— Unmatched Steel Machinery Illustrations

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2014-10-03 - 2014-12-25

    Yoshiyuki Takani (b. 1935) has received international claim as one of the most outstanding artists of “tank illustrations” appearing on plastic model boxes. Takani’s artwork has also been featured on magazine...More »

  • poster for Hanako Muraoka “The World of Anne of Green Gables”

    Hanako Muraoka “The World of Anne of Green Gables”

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2014-07-04 - 2014-09-28

    Hanako Muraoka(1893-1968) is renowned as the translator of Anne of Green Gables and the popular NHK TV serialization “Hanako and Anne” brought much interest to her life. Having been educated in a missionary...More »

  • poster for Picture Book Treasure Trove— The Yayoi Museum’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition

    Picture Book Treasure Trove— The Yayoi Museum’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2014-04-04 - 2014-06-29

    2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Yayoi Museum, which focuses on illustrations and works of publishing art from the Meiji and Taisho periods. Founder Takumi Kano spent many years assembling his collections...More »

  • poster for 110th Memorial Exhibition for Illustrator Hikozo Ito

    110th Memorial Exhibition for Illustrator Hikozo Ito

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2014-01-03 - 2014-03-30

    Hikozo Ito produced period-specific illustrations for boys’ magazines such as “Shonen-Kurabu” (Boys Club). A descendent of the master fencer Itosai Ito, Hikozo was a serious student of swordsmanship in...More »

  • poster for Katsuji Matsumoto: Founder of Girls’ Manga

    Katsuji Matsumoto: Founder of Girls’ Manga

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2013-10-03 - 2013-12-24

    Illustrator and product designer Katsuji Matsumoto was responsible for much of the Showa era’s culture of cuteness. Along with Junichi Nakahara, his drawings for popular girls’ magazines left behind a...More »

  • poster for Yoshimasa Murakami— Mishima’s Last Book Illustrator

    Yoshimasa Murakami— Mishima’s Last Book Illustrator

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Photography - Talks
    • 2013-07-05 - 2013-09-29

    A member of the “individualist” school of art, Yoshimasa Murakami designed and illustrated books in the 1960s-1980s for many of the major authors of his day, among them Yukio Mishima, Shouzou Numa, and...More »

  • poster for Femme-Fatales - Dangerous & Seductive Women in Taisho and Showa-Era Literature

    Femme-Fatales - Dangerous & Seductive Women in Taisho and Showa-Era Literature

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2013-04-04 - 2013-06-30

    From the end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa marked an appearance of "femme-fatales" in Japanese literature. Examples include the spirit in Kyoka Izumi's "The Holy Man of Mount Koya", the...More »

  • poster for Akichika Hamano Exhibition

    Akichika Hamano Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2013-01-08 - 2013-03-31

    Akichika Hamano (1926-) was a pioneering illustrator from the golden postwar era. His monochrome world, informed by his sensitivity and deep powers of observation, exposed the true nature of the human...More »

  • poster for Setsuko Tamura Exhibition

    Setsuko Tamura Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Product
    • 2012-10-05 - 2012-12-24

    A pioneering female illustrator who made her debut in the late 1950s, Setsuko Tamura continues to bewitch many even today. Merchandise and products adorned with her work are sold all over Japan by Sanrio...More »

  • poster for Shoji Otomo "A Picture is worth a Thousand Words"

    Shoji Otomo "A Picture is worth a Thousand Words"

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing
    • 2012-07-06 - 2012-09-30

    Shoji Otomo (1936-1973) was a multi-talented visual planner who worked in various media from the mid-60s through early 70s. The personalities and internal structures of his monsters that appear in the...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Kawaii Culture from the Taisho era onwards" Exhibition

    "Japanese Kawaii Culture from the Taisho era onwards" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Product
    • 2012-04-05 - 2012-07-01

    The birth of Japan's "fancy goods" can be traced to the Nihonbashi shop in Tokyo run by the Taisho era Romantic artist Yumeji Takehisa, which sold Art Nouveau colored papers and other ornamental playthings....More »

  • poster for "Epic Comic Legend, Kinya Ueki" Exhibition

    "Epic Comic Legend, Kinya Ueki" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Talks
    • 2012-01-03 - 2012-04-01

    Kinya Ueki is a comic artist who continues to pursue new artistic possibilities even at the venerable age of 90. He first attracted legions of young fans with his sword-fighting period dramas, featuring...More »

  • poster for Junichi Nakahara Exhibition

    Junichi Nakahara Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2011-09-30 - 2011-12-25

    The painter Junichi Nakahara founded the women's magazine Himawari in 1947. This thin booklet, printed on coarse paper that conveyed the austerity and material hardship of Japan just after the war, nonetheless...More »

  • poster for "Eternal Kasho Takabatake: Beautiful Maiden Romantic Illustrations" Exhibition

    "Eternal Kasho Takabatake: Beautiful Maiden Romantic Illustrations" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2011-07-02 - 2011-09-25

    Kasho Takabatake was an illustrator who dominated the art world from the late Taisho to early Showa era. His depictions of beautiful young maidens in a style labeled “lyrical pictures” appeared in magazines...More »

  • poster for Mirano Fujita "The Flowering of Japanese Lyricism in Europe"

    Mirano Fujita "The Flowering of Japanese Lyricism in Europe"

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks
    • 2011-04-01 - 2011-06-26

    Mirano Fujita is known for her lyrical cover illustrations for girls’ magazines and frontispieces from the 1950s and 60s. Her work is notable for the way in which it depicts both graceful feminine beauty...More »

  • poster for "The Golden Age of Book Illustration" Exhibition

    "The Golden Age of Book Illustration" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Prints
    • 2011-01-04 - 2011-03-27

    Japan's postwar period in the 1950s and 60s saw a dramatic surge in the number and variety of newspapers and magazines in circulation, providing a platform for many novelists and illustrators to show their...More »

  • poster for Ado Mizumori Exhibition

    Ado Mizumori Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2010-10-01 - 2010-12-26

    Retrospective exhibition of the work of illustrator Ado Mizumori, featuring her early "treasure goods", illustrations, oil paintings and more. Gallery talks also scheduled. See website for details.More »

  • poster for Kaoru Kurimoto/Azusa Nakajima Exhibition

    Kaoru Kurimoto/Azusa Nakajima Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Photography
    • 2010-07-02 - 2010-09-26

    This exhibition is being held in memory of the artist Kaoru Kurimoto aka Azusa Nakajima who passed away last year on May 26th. The artist wrote mystery, fantasy, romance, horror and period fiction under...More »

  • poster for "Yanesen Literature and Illustrations" Exhibition

    "Yanesen Literature and Illustrations" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Prints - Talks
    • 2010-04-02 - 2010-06-27

    The area around the Yayoi Museum in Tokyo's Bunkyo ward is full of districts that are the settings of many works of modern Japanese literature. This exhibition recounts these works through illustrations...More »

  • poster for Eiho Hirezaki Exhibition

    Eiho Hirezaki Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2010-01-03 - 2010-03-28

    Born in Tokyo in 1880, Eiho Hirezaki became a disciple of ukiyo-e painter Toshihide Migita at the age of 17. Distinguishing himself as a nihonga painter, Hirezaki also made his mark as an illustrator and...More »

  • poster for "Shojo no Tomo" Exhibition

    "Shojo no Tomo" Exhibition

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    • 2009-10-01 - 2009-12-23

    Living by the motto "first-rate work by girls", a wide range of writers and artists including Yumeji Takehisa, Tatsuko Kawabata, Akiko Yosano, Yasunari Kawabata, Nobuko Yoshiya, Yaso Saijo, Kasho Takabatake,...More »

  • poster for Moyoko Anno Exhibition

    Moyoko Anno Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2009-10-01 - 2009-12-23

    On display at this exhibition are illustrations by Moyoko Anno created using stencils ("pochoir"). After much trial and error, Anno developed her own pochoir method, where she first cuts her own image...More »

  • poster for "Showa Boys SF Guide" Exhibition

    "Showa Boys SF Guide" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Product
    • 2009-07-03 - 2009-09-27

    From Japan's postwar period of recovery through to the period of high economic growth, numerous children's magazines were published. Among them, what attracted children the most were sci-fi publications...More »

  • poster for "Takashi Yanase -King of Marchen" Exhibition

    "Takashi Yanase -King of Marchen" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2009-04-03 - 2009-06-28

    The cartoonist for "Anpanman," Takashi Yanase, is a multi-talented figure who has been active in various fields. He is well-known as the songwriter of "Te no Hira wo Taiyo ni (We are not Alone)" and the...More »

  • poster for Hidetsune Kobayashi Exhibition

    Hidetsune Kobayashi Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Talks
    • 2009-01-03 - 2009-03-29

    Hidetsune Kobayashi (1908-1942) was a up-and-coming illustrator of the time who came into sudden prominence and took the book illustration genre by storm. Kobayashi gained a lot of attention in 1934...More »

  • poster for Shoichi Kabashima Exhibition

    Shoichi Kabashima Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Talks
    • 2008-10-02 - 2008-12-23

    Shoichi Kabashima (1888-1965) was book illustrator active around the 1920s and 1930s. His illustrations for popular magazine at the time "Shonen Club (boys' club)" excited its readers. His outstanding...More »

  • "Maidens' Icons" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Talks
    • 2008-07-04 - 2008-09-28

    The Yayoi Museum houses a lot of shojo-ga (illustrations depicting girls), also known as lyric illustration, by various artists including Kasho Takabatake, Koji Fukiya, Masao Kato and Junichi Nakahara....More »

  • poster for Souji Omokawa Exhibition

    Souji Omokawa Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2008-04-03 - 2008-06-29

    Souji Omokawa became famous as an illustrator of adventure stories for children in the period just after World War II. His illustrations helped spark the imagination of children in the postwar period,...More »

  • poster for Kasho Takahata Exhibition

    Kasho Takahata Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2008-01-03 - 2008-03-30

    2008 marks the 120 anniversary of the birth of painter and illustrator Kasho Takahata, who enjoyed his peak in the late 1920s-early 1930s. Takahata specialized in doing paintings of young men and women,...More »

  • poster for "The Joy of Furoku" Exhibition

    "The Joy of Furoku" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product
    • 2007-10-04 - 2007-12-24

    "Furoku" are games, posters and other supplements that appeared in Japanese magazines for young readers. This nostalgic exhibition brings together many examples of these from the 1950s and 60s.More »

  • poster for Motoichiro Takebe "The World of Eternal Heroes and Heroines - From Picture Story Shows to Sci-Fi Art"

    Motoichiro Takebe "The World of Eternal Heroes and Heroines - From Picture Story Shows to Sci-Fi Art"

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks - Performance Art
    • 2007-07-07 - 2007-09-30

    This is the first posthumous exhibition for this artist who had a wildly enthusiastic following for his exotic, detailed and lyrical portrayals of Sci-Fi heroes and heroines in the 1960s and 70s. After...More »

  • poster for Koji Fukiya "Feminine Beauty of Intellect and Senses: Fragrances of 1920s Paris and Japanese Lyricism"

    Koji Fukiya "Feminine Beauty of Intellect and Senses: Fragrances of 1920s Paris and Japanese Lyricism"

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Talks
    • 2007-04-05 - 2007-07-01

    Fukiya debuted as a standard-bearer of Taisho Romanticism and was at the top of the illustration world in the Showa Era. He was also the lyricist who wrote the words to the children's song "Bride Doll"...More »

  • poster for Tatsumi Shimura "From Tange Sazen to Beautiful Women"

    Tatsumi Shimura "From Tange Sazen to Beautiful Women"

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2007-01-03 - 2007-04-01

    This retrospective exhibition is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of illustrator Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980). Shimura studied Japanese paintings under Hidemine Yamakawa and gained fame...More »

  • poster for "Eitaro Takenaka and his Mysterious Illustrations" Exhibition

    "Eitaro Takenaka and his Mysterious Illustrations" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2006-09-30 - 2006-12-24

    This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Eitaro Takenaka with original illustrations, works featured in magazines, and material from post-war works. Takenaka's illustrations...More »

  • poster for Hikozo Ito Commemorative Exhibition

    Hikozo Ito Commemorative Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks
    • 2006-07-01 - 2006-09-24

    Hikozo Ito's works depict men and women with bewitching beauty and swashbuckling sword fights. When he debuted at the age of 21, the public was mesmerized by his outstanding techniques. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for Katsuzhi Matsumoto Exhibition

    Katsuzhi Matsumoto Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2006-04-01 - 2006-06-27

    Illustrator Katsuzhi Matsumoto(1904~1986)was one of the defining artists of the Showa period. His comical mangas, especially Kurumi-chan, were an instant hit, and he is *the* founder of Japanese character...More »

  • poster for Kids Paradise: 1920-30's Modern Kids' Life Seen Through Children's Books

    Kids Paradise: 1920-30's Modern Kids' Life Seen Through Children's Books

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2005-10-01 - 2005-12-25

    1920-30's Japan saw a drastic Westernization and modernization in every level of life. This naturally affected children's environments, and many artists felt compelled to produce new kinds of children's...More »

  • poster for Rune Uchida

    Rune Uchida

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2005-07-01 - 2005-09-27

    A first exhibition of Rune Uchida in 2002 highlighted how much his work had transcended the boundary of teenager culture and had had a strong and wide influence on our culture. A new batch of collectors...More »

  • poster for Schoolgirl Life in the Taisho and Showa Eras

    Schoolgirl Life in the Taisho and Showa Eras

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2005-04-02 - 2005-06-26

    That young maidens flock to the beauty and loveliness is timeless truth; however it was especially during the Taisho and early Showa periods that 'schoolgirl culture' truly blossomed. This was also the...More »

  • poster for Cruel Fate! Family Novels from the Meji-Taisho Period

    Cruel Fate! Family Novels from the Meji-Taisho Period

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2005-01-04 - 2005-03-29

    The Meiji 30’s saw the growing popularity of ‘Family Novels’, melodramatic stories depicting the tragedies and conflicts faced by women in feudal families. They were serialized in daily papers, and were...More »

  • poster for Yoichiro Minami and his Book Illustrators

    Yoichiro Minami and his Book Illustrators

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2004-09-30 - 2004-12-25

    Yoichiro Minami (1893~1980) was an author who wrote mainly for children's magazines. Writing under three pen names, he published many novels ranging from adventure stories to bibliographies. He is also...More »

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