Scheduled Exhibition Taisho Romantic – Takehisa Yumeji

Exhibit Period

8th June 2006 (Thursday) - 17th July (Monday) (National Holiday)

Exhibit Times

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(last admissions at 4:30 p.m.)

Museum closed

Mondays (except 17th July National Holiday)

Admission Fee

Adult ----------------------------------500yen (450yen) High school/university student----------300 yen(270yen) Middle/elementary school student ------100yen (90yen) Senior Citizens (age 70 or above) ------FREE Registered disabled persons + 1 companion HALF PRICE----------HALF PRICE *( ) Brackets indicate group rates for parties of 20 or more.


Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) was born in Honjo Village (present day Setouchi City) in Oku County of Okayama Prefecture. He was the second son in a family of four children. His original name was Mojiro.

    In 1901 he moved to the capital as a student, but his living environment was extremely poor. His chance to become the favoured child of the age came four years later when his submission to Chugaku Sekai, entitled Well curb of a round well and signed "Yumeji", was chosen for first place.

    He took this opportunity to quit studying and begin work as an illustrator. After that, he recorded his beginnings as an artist in Yumeji Gashu - Haru no Maki with the words "Once, I tried writing a poem with pictures instead of script".

    His works, which span a huge range of media, including Japanese style painting, oil paint, watercolours, poetry, song writing, book binding, posters and household utensils, reflect his freedom of ideas and continue to attract many fans.

    In particular, his portraits of beautiful women, known as "Yumeji-style", have received overwhelming support from young people. They are distinctive for their big pupils, long eyelashes, small, slender faces, large limbs, and broken composition.

    This exhibition introduces the transitions of Yumeiji's works through a variety of pieces. We invite you to enjoy the exquisiteness of Yumeji's art, which remains undimmed today. Also on display is a photograph panel by people who have been closely concerned with Yumeji.

Museum Talk

(by one of our curators; Japanese only)
10th June (Sat.) 1:30pm
1st July (Sat.) 1:30pm