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KANSAI

‘Let’s go to the museum’

HIMEJI CITY MUSEUM OF ART

by Marie Omata

Staff Writer

Miffy — the iconic cartoon rabbit — is Dick Bruna’s most famous character to date and is the the focus of the Himeji Museum of Art’s exhibition, which aims to introduce visitors to modern art in a fun way.

Bruna, the children’s book author, illustrator and graphic designer, is renowned for his use of simple shapes and bright six-color printing to create characters that kids still love today.

Divided into three sections, the first part of the show, “Let’s Look!” showcases some of the museum’s works, including those of Japanese artists Taro Okamoto and Kazumasa Nagai. “Let’s Think!” presents some of Bruna’s pencil drawings, silk-screen prints and other works. The final section, “Let’s Play!,” allows visitors to create their own “artwork” — a pair of Miffy ears — from irogami (colored paper); June 22-Sept. 1.

Himeji City Museum of Art; 079-222-2288; 68-25 Hon-machi, Himeji, Hyogo; Himeji Station, Sanyo Main Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥900. Closed Mon (except July 15), July 16. www.city.himeji.lg.jp/art