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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Koji Suzuki’

Himeji City Museum of Art

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Where’s Waldo?” — these world-renowned children’s books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood.

In Japan, Koji Suzuki is an author-illustrator who creates such books. His bright, almost psychedelic colors and use of dramatic contrasts have delighted children and their parents for decades. This exhibition features original copies of Suzuki’s picture books, including his major successes “Enso-kun Kisha ni Noru” and “Hone Hone Gaikotsu.” Also on display are about 40 live-painted illustrations and other newer works, including an giant flower monster made out of cardboard boxes; June 21-Aug. 31.

Himeji City Museum of Art; 68-25 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo. Himeji Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥900. Closed Mon. 079-222-2288; www.city.himeji.lg.jp/art