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GURI and GURA - 50th anniversary

16th July (Sat.) - 4th September (Sun.), 2016

Closed on Mondays (except for 18th July and 8th August), 19th July and 9th August

Admission Fee:

Adults: 800 yen, College students: 600 yen
Elementary / Junior high school / high school students: Free
held in Gallery 3, 4

Guri and Gura, a story of two twin field mice created by sisters Rieko Nakagawa and Yuriko Yamawaki (Omura), made its debut in 1963. Since then, the series has enjoyed wide readership from one generation to the next due to its charming illustrations and captivating story, selling 25 million books in total.

The original illustrations from the series are part of a collection of originals from children’s picture books within the Miyagi Museum of Art collection.

This exhibition is the last stop of the “Guri and Gura – 50th Anniversary” tour that began in 2014 and has allowed over 300,000 visitors nationwide to rediscover the remarkable work from the series. The extensive collection of works to be exhibited includes all the original illustrations from the Guri and Gura books as well as other works related to the series.

Visitors will have the opportunity to fully experience the world of Guri and Gura by viewing the creator pair’s early work such as “No-No Nursery School,” getting a preview of foreign editions of the books, and reading different printed editions from the Guri and Gura series.

GURI and GURA (cover) , "Kodomo no Tomo", no. 93, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers Inc., Dec., 1963.
© Rieko Nakagawa © Yuriko Yamawaki

A Blue Seed, "Kodomo no Tomo", no. 97, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers Inc., 1964, pp. 22-23.
© Rieko Nakagawa © Yuriko Yamawaki

Guri and Gura's Syllable Song (cover), Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers Inc., 2009.
© Rieko Nakagawa © Yuriko Yamawaki

Guri and Gura and Lovely Seasons, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers Inc., 1997, p. 8.
© Rieko Nakagawa © Yuriko Yamawaki

Guri, Gura and Sumire-chan, "Kodomo no Tomo", no. 29, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers Inc., 2000, pp. 28-29.
© Rieko Nakagawa © Yuriko Yamawaki
* Every works are collections of the Miyagi Museum of Art.