The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is held every spring in Bologna, a city of ancient origins in the northern Italy. The fair also hosts a picture-book exhibition for which 2,836 artists from 58 countries submitted works this year. Seventy-six creators from 21 countries were selected for the show, including 19 from Japan. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of picture-book trends and is considered as one of the gateways to success in the field of children’s book illustration.

The Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City has been showcasing works from The Bologna Children’s Book Fair since 1978, and provides a rare opportunity for people in Japan to enjoy the internationally famous show; till Sept. 25.

Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City; (0798) 33-0164; 4-38 Nakahama-cho, Nishinomiya-shi; 6-min. walk southwest of Koroen Station, Hanshin Honsen Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16 till 7 p.m.) ¥800. Closed Wed. otanimuseum.jp/home.

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