Art / Openings In Tokyo

TOKYO

'The Peter Rabbit Exhibition'

THE BUNKAMURA MUSEUM OF ART

by Samantha Barnes

Staff Writer

Aug. 9-Oct. 11

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit, one of the most adored bunnies in Japan. In a collaboration with the U.K. The National Trust — whose Beatrix Potter Gallery houses the largest collection of the British author/illustrator’s works — The Bunkamura Museum of Art is showcasing original “Peter Rabbit” manuscripts alongside a selection of Potter’s personal belongings.

Many of these exhibits, some of which are being shown to the public for the first time, offer insight into the life of Potter, who was an unusually well-educated and respected conservationist during a time when most women’s ambitions were suppressed by society.

The Bunkamura Museum of Art; 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Shibuya Stn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 9 p.m.). ¥1,400. 03-5777-8600; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english