For this meetup, we are going to check out Japanese popular culture from the Taisho and Showa periods.
Our first stop will the Yayoi Museum, at which, there is a special exhibition of literature illustrations called "Femme-Fatales - Dangerous & Seductive Women in Taisho and Showa-Era Literature." "From the end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa marked an appearance of "femme-fatales" in Japanese literature. Examples include the spirit in Kyoka Izumi's "The Holy Man of Mount Koya", the titular character in Junichiro Tanizaki's "Naomi", and Ms. Midorikawa in Edogawa Rampo's "Black Lizard". In pursuit of beauty, these women seduce and conquer their men using their allure, ultimately leading to their downfall and sometimes death, while in the process winning over the audience with their charisma. This exhibition displays about 400 illustrations from this era." (From Tokyo Art Beat)
Our second stop will be the Nurie Museum, a small museum of coloring pictures in Machiya. Their collections mainly consists of coloring pictures for girls produced between 1945 and 1965, and focus of the collections is works by Kiichi Tsutaya, a very popular illustrator in the genre. I am not familiar with the artist at all but remember seeing works by him or something similar to them when I was a kid. According to the museum's website, 1 million sheets of his reproduced illustrations were sold every month at the height of his popularity in 1950s.
I assume that works we will check out during this meetup are not everyone's cup of tea, but hopefully, some of you are interested in going off the beaten path in terms of the locations and aesthetic choices.
First Stop: Yayoi Museum (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: Femme-Fatales - Dangerous & Seductive Women in Taisho and Showa-Era Literature
Meeting Spot: At the Exit 1 of Tokyo Metro Nezu station
Meeting Time: 14:30 (2:30PM)
Museum Admission Fee:¥900
Description of the Exhibition at the museum site (Japanese)
Second Stop: The Nurie Museum (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: the Museum's Permanent Collections
Meeting Spot: Around the entrance of the museum
Meeting Time: 17:00 (5:00PM)
Museum Admission Fee: ¥500
The Website of the Museum (Japanese)
The Website of the Museum (English)
You do not need to see both exhibitions to participate in this event. If you prefer, you can check out just one exhibition. If you choose to do so, please let me know in advance.
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.