This new family friendly exhibition examines the life’s work of prolific storyteller and award-winning illustrator Anno Mitsumasa.

O: ‘O’  for O-men (Masks) from ‘The A-I-U-E-O Books'(Courtesy of Anno Art Museum, Tsuwano)

Featuring 84 pieces of the illustrator’s work as well as five 3D objects from watercolours, this exhibition was curated by, and exclusively for, Japan House London in 2019 – and was one of the most popular exhibitions of the year attracting over 30,000 visitors.

This new and permanent online experience is the first of in a series of permanent virtual experiences.

Suitable for all the family, this exhibition showcases a variety of works from throughout the life of prolific storyteller and award-winning illustrator, Anno Mitsumasa, who has produced picture books and imaginative paintings for over 50 years.

The exhibition features 89 pieces of work in total, created in a variety of media from watercolours, Japanese-style paintings using powder pigment on silk (Nihonga) to papercuts. It is the first display of the illustrator’s work to appear in the UK.

Talking about the news, Simon Wright, Director of Programming at Japan House London said, “This was the first time that the works of Anno Mitsumasa had been shown in the UK in such detail. The works of Anno Mitsumasa mirror the Japanese social attitudes throughout the Shōwa period and are a fascinating insight into a changing world. As many Japanese people have grown up with the books of Anno Mitsumasa in their childhood homes, they are very familiar with his often humorous and playful illustrations. Despite his popularity in Japan, he is, however, little know in the UK and we thought it about time we present his genius at Japan House London.”

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