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‘Takehisa Yumeji: Master of Japanese Modern Illustration’

TOKYO STATION GALLERY

by Yukari Tanaka

May 19-July 1

Though Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) was known as a painter and poet, he also worked in other fields including designing chiyogami (decorative washi paper) and yukata (summer kimono), and book binding. He initially made a living contributing illustrations and poems to newspapers and magazines.

Divided into four sections, this exhibition explores Yumeji’s career through more than 500 of his works, outlining the diversity of his talent. Works on display include “Yoran” (1903), a composition of handwritten paintings that he created at the age of 20, pictures books for children and cover illustrations for music sheets of the Taisho Era (1912-26).

Tokyo Station Gallery; 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Tokyo Stn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥900. Closed Mon. 03-3212-2485; www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery