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Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

Available on the Japan House Web site Art

The untrained illustrator Mitsumasa Anno, who died last December at age 94, was a teenager when he became enamored with the writings of Herman Hesse. “When I read how Hermann Hesse, as a student, went home to Calw, getting off the train at the end of the town, walking by the river, and crossing the bridge,” he explained, “my heart ached because everything was exactly the same with me.” Like Hesse, Anno was looking for something beyond the small town where he grew up (Tsuwano, Japan). So in 1948 he traveled to Tokyo, where he became an elementary school teacher and taught children to dream bigger dreams. It was this passion that eventually led to Anno’s pictorial children’s books, which have been hailed across the globe. In this virtual display, available through the gallery’s Web site, an immersive audiovisual experience drops viewers into Anno’s fantastical world. —E.C.

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