Tatsuo Takayama exhibition Edit and Art Gallery

Information for the Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand’ at the Edit and Art Gallery in the Kadokawa Musashino Museum¹, in Tokorozawa Sakura Town, in winter 2024. Like all exhibitions at Kadokawa Museum, they recommend that you purchase a ticket in advance, particularly for a weekend.

Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand

Tatsuo Takayama was a Japanese painter who used traditional Japanese painting techniques to create works that are highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally. Takayama, who rose to the highest peak in the Japanese art world, always questioned what it means to be human, and has sincerely faced and painted his subjects.

Kadokawa have a large collection of Takayama’s work, that is usually displayed at the Kadokawa headquarters. In this exhibition, they will be be exhibiting some of Takayama’s most representative works, including his early work “Nude” (1948), which is said to have marked a turning point in his career, and the painting Girl in Blue” (1984), which is considered the culmination of feminine beauty.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the 156 cover paintings for “Bungei Shunju,” which he drew between 1987 to 1999. One every month for 13 years. The 15cm x 15cm depict a small universe through spring, summer, fall and winter, reflecting ever changing and cyclical of both nature and people.

What to expect


  1. Words of Tatsuo Takayama
  2. The four rotating seasons, cover picture of “Bungei Shunju”
  3. ‘Thinking about space from a coffee shop’
  4. Artist introduction

Concurrent exhibition: an immersive Salvador Dali exhibition from December 20th.


Exhibtion: Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand 角川武蔵野ミュージアムコレクション展 髙山辰雄—15㎝×15㎝の宇宙—

Date: from Saturday December 2nd 2023 to Monday April 8th 2024.

Time: 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. (Closed on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month).

Cost: A Kadokawa Culture Museum (KCM) ticket costs 1400 yen for adults, 1200 yen for Junior High School students, 1000 yen for Elementary School kids. Free for children under six years old. A one day passport ticket also includes access to this exhibition – prices start from 4000 yen per person.

Venue: Edit and Art Gallery, Kadokawa Culture Museum. The Edit and Art Gallery is on the fourth floor of Kadcul, located in what is called “Edit Town”. The “Aramata Treasure House” is also on the same floor and also two lecture rooms. For a complete floor to floor guide please do see the Kadokawa Museum post. View on Google Maps.


About an eight to ten minute walk from Higashi Tokorozawa station. Look out for the Anime Manhole covers on your way! Parking available – it costs 200 yen for 30 minutes, but capped at 600 yen on weekdays and 1800 yen on weekends.

Official event web page

¹Kadokawa Musashino Museum is also known as the Kadokawa Culture Museum or Kadcul for short.

Other current exhibitions at Kadokawa include

Previous Exhibitions

The very first exhibition at the Edit and Art Gallery was from June 12th 2020 to early 2021. It was a Japan first exhibition by Ken and Julia Yonetani. Due to its popularity they extended the event from one month to half a year! Other displays included Boys Love, Lucky Star” and two consecutive cat photo exhibitions by Mitsuaki Iwago. In summer and autumn of 2023 the ‘Mysterious Mystery’ exhibition proved very popular.

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