For this meetup, we are going to check out an exhibition of Shigeru Komatsuzaki, which is currently held at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.
"Shigeru Komatsuzaki [masked]) was known in Japan as a “giant in science fiction illustrations” whose career arc began during the early-postwar years, its artistic and commercial pinnacle coinciding with Japan’s rise as an economic superpower. Komatsuzaki got his start illustrating novels serialized in newspapers and later moved on to paintings used in children’s magazines and other media. Among the principal motifs of his works were warrior tales, aircraft and warships, as well as superheroes, robots and other futuristic designs—all of which helped fire the imaginations of both children and adults alike, inspiring generations of Japanese with dreams of a better future. The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum’s exhibition, “Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver,” features some 100 of his works and memorabilia, including original paintings, illustrations and writings, “box art” printed on packages of plastic models, and early works as an artist-in-training of traditional Japanese paintings." (from the museum website)
You may not know who Shigeru Komatsuzaki is, but some of you must have seen his works. Before Gundam took over Japanese plastic model kit market, it was Komatsuzaki's visions of future that covered plastic model kit boxes. His illustrations excited Japanese boys and enriched their imagination in 60s and 70s. Hope some of you are interested in peeking into the fantastic world of Shigeru Komatsuzaki through this exhibition.
Location: Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: The Universe of Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver
Museum Admission Fee:¥800
Description of the Exhibition on the Museum Site
Some examples of Kommunizma's Illustration on Pink Tentacle
Meeting Spot 1: Inside of the South East Gate of JR Shinjuku Station (Info)
Meeting Time 1: 01:00PM (13:00)
Meeting Spot 2: Around the Ticket Gate of JR Hachioji Station
Meeting Time 2: 02:00PM (14:00)
When you sigh up, please let me know at which meeting spot you prefer to join us.
Chat session after the show
As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.
Also, let's check out Hachioji Festival in the evening if we still have some energy left.
Information about Hachioji Festival (Japanese)