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KANSAI

“Kobe: Beautiful Colors”

Kobe Artists Museum

by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

Printmaker Kazuo Totsutotsu (b. 1929) studied nihonga (Japanese-style painting) at Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting (today’s Kyoto City University of Arts) before becoming a teacher in Ako and Kakogawa in Hyogo Prefecture.

When he moved again to teach at a high school in Kobe, he also started making woodblock prints.

On display are around 25 prints that Totsutotsu donated to the museum last year. His works portray familiar Kobe subjects, such as the city’s port and the foreign residents of the Kitano area; till March 27.

Kobe Artists Museum; (078) 858-1520; 2-9-1 Koyocho Naka, Higashi Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo; Island Center Station, Rokko Liner. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥200. Closed Wed. www.city.kobe.lg.jp/culture/culture/institution/yukarimuseum/index.html.