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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Watercolorist: Tojiro Oshita’

Chiba City Museum of Art

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

As a writer, editor, presenter and designer, Tojiro Oshita (1870-1911) possessed many talents that contributed to and influenced his more famous work as a painter. He is often referred to as the father of Japanese watercolor painting, and his 1901 publication “Suisaiga no Shiori” (“A Guidebook to Watercolor Painting”) became a seminal influence on young artists. His art magazine, “Midue,” launched in 1905, is also still published today.

This is the first time in nearly 30 years that an extensive exhibition of Oshita’s work is being shown in the Kanto region, with about 130 exhibits to be showcased at the Chiba City Museum of Art. In addition to these works, an exhibition of watercolor paintings by children will also be on display; May 20-June 29.

Chiba City Museum of Art; 3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba. Chiba Stn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed every first Mon. of the month. 043-221-2311; www.ccma-net.jp