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Update:February 27, 2018

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Akiko Hayashi - Original Illustrations for Picture Book

Akiko Hayashi has made numerous works of art as a picture book author ever since she published her first book “Miki’s First Errand” more than 40 years ago. Many children and adults alike are drawn to her affectionate and thoughtful stories that describe the innocence of children and the challenges they experience. These classic stories still remain widely popular to this day.

Almost all of Hayashi’s original artwork used in her picture books is part of a collection at the Miyagi Museum of Art. This exhibition features 25 titles and approximately 200 pieces of artwork and documents including her masterpieces such as “Miki’s First Errand” and “Amy and Ken Visit Grandma”, as well as works from the early years when Hayashi was an illustrator to her most recent work “Little Chick”. The heartwarming stories behind her works and her drawing techniques that bring out rich expressions will capture your attention.

Through this exhibition, we hope you will be allured to the nostalgic, gentle world created by Hayashi.

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April 7 (Sat) - May 27 (Sun), 2018


Mondays (except April 30)

Admission Fee

Adults: 800 yen
College students: 600 yen 
Elementary / Junior high school / high school students: Free

Organized by

The Miyagi Museum of Art, The Asahi Shimbun Company, KAHOKU SHIMPO PUBLISHING CO., HIGASHI NIPPON BROADCASTING Co.,Ltd.

Nominal support

The Sendai Municipal Board of Education, Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Sendai Television Incorporated, Television Miyagi Network Co., Ltd., Sendai FM BROADCASTING, INC., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., Iwate Asahi TV Co., Ltd., Akita Asahi Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., Yamagata Television System Inc., Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd.


Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.

Miki's First Errand, cover illustration,1979,
The Miyagi Museum of Art.

I Love to Take a Bath, illustration pp. 24-25, 1982,
The Miyagi Museum of Art.

Yoshimi's Magic Colors, illustrationp. 25, 1993,
The Miyagi Museum of Art.

Little Chick, illustration pp. 9-10, 2013,
The Miyagi Museum of Art.

All images by Akiko Hayashi, Published by Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.