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158 SosekisTime Travel through a Century

  • DATES : Tue. September 16 - Thu. October 9, 2016
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

The theme of this exhibition, the 22nd presented by the Tokyo Illustrators Society (TIS), is Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), one of Japan’s best-known and most admired novelists. His famous works include “I Am A Cat,” “Kokoro” and “Botchan.” 2016 marks the centennial of Soseki’s death, and to celebrate this much-loved literary genius whose works today are widely read in many languages, a total of 158 illustrations have been created to take visitors on a voyage back through time.

  • Takeo Chikatsu: “Soseki’s Inkwell with 4-Footed Knob”

  • Shiro Nishiguchi: “Kokoro”

  • Yukari Miyagi: “Soseki and Cat”

  • Nobuhiko Yabuki: “My Head Patter”

Exhibition Profile
Display and sale of 158 illustrations, mostly original artwork (some printouts). Size: 30cm x 30cm.

¥35,000 per illustration, including frame and taxes. (At the request of the illustrator, works by the following members will not be for sale: Osamu Kitamura, Taku Tashiro.)

* Please note that purchases must be paid in cash; credit cards will not be accommodated.

Sale of Works on Opening Day
Anyone interested in making a purchase is invited to participate in a drawing by lots. Lots will be distributed in the gallery between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. on September 6 (Tue). The drawing will commence at 11:30 a.m. to determine the order of purchasers, and purchasers will then select their desired illustration in that order.
* Visitors wishing to purchase an illustration but who arrive at the gallery after 11:30 a.m. on September 6 will need to wait until all participants in the drawing of lots have completed indicating their desired purchase. Works not yet sold will then be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
* Participants in the drawing of lots will each receive only one lot. Reservations for lots by telephone will not be accepted. Each lot can be used to purchase one item only.

Tokyo Illustrators Society
The Tokyo Illustrators Society (TIS) was established in October 1988 to promote exchanges of information and ties of friendship between illustrators and to foster collective strength to promote social recognition of the profession of the illustrator. As of July 2016, society membership stands at 238. To pursue and promote further possibilities in illustration, TIS actively engages in activities including mounting of exhibitions, organization of open competitions to nurture future illustrators, publications and study seminars. TIS is currently headed by administrative director Hiroyuki Izutsu, vice presidents Tatsuro Kiuchi and Jun Tsuzuki, and acting director Sugio Yamazaki.

Tokyo Illustrators Society

Cooperation (paper)
Takeo Co., Ltd.

Creation Gallery G8