Anno’s Britain book cover c Anno Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Anno Art Museum

Anno’s Britain book cover c Anno Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Anno Art Museum

ANNO’S JOURNEY

WHAT? ANNO’ S JOURNEY The World of Anno Mitsumasa 

WHERE? Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

WHEN? 22nd August - 27th October 

WHY GO? For a full on Japanese experience at this cultural emporium.  An engaging exhibition of artist Anno Mitsumasa ’s illustrations comes soon to Japan House which represents the best in design, craft and technology from Japan.  Anno, now 93, ex teacher and revered creator of children books, knows instinctively what turns kids on. He’s one of Japan’s best known illustrators achieving world wide fame in ’77 with Anno’s Journey, depicting a small figure exploring the folklore and cultural characteristics of Europe.  His whimsical, charming take on Britain includes meanderings through London, Canterbury, Windsor and beyond.  Challenging kids’ imagination, he received the Hans Christian Anderson award for his contribution to children’s literature in 1984.

IN THE KNOW?  The Akira restaurant experience is a must if you’re feeling flush as is the gift shop if you’re still feeling artistically inclined.  Stock up on pens and papers including washi, Japanese paper for writing, wrapping and drawing your own small master-piece.