Tatsuo Takayama flower in your hand exhibition at Kadcul Edit and Art Gallery May June July 2024

Information for the “Tatsuo Takayama: Every Universe a Flower in Your Hand” exhibition at the Edit and Art Gallery in the Kadokawa Musashino Museum¹, in Tokorozawa Sakura Town, in winter 2024. This is the second ‘volume’ of Tatsuo exhibitions. The first installment “Tatsuo Takayama: the Universe in the Palm of a Hand” finished on May 6th. 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. The first ‘volume’ exhibited Takayama’s representative works and 156 cover paintings of Bungei Shunju.” This exhibition will feature a lithograph based on the cover of the novel The Tale of Genji” and a literary magazine Shincho”. In addition, they are introducing Takayama’s works related to books, such as original cover illustrations.

Also on display is Peony (in a Basket), which is known as Takayama’s masterpiece. And it is also known as the first present Takayama gave to his daughter. He said, “When I think about something, I feel like I’m holding something in my palm. I feel like there is a overlap between what I think I am doing and what I have, and I guess I am holding something called “thoughts” in the palm of my hand.”

What to expect


  1. Cover illustrations, for the magazine Shincho and Bungei Shunju
  2. Award winning Portraits
  3. Lithograph prints
  4. Paintings of flowers and birds
  5. Insights into the Takayama family

Concurrent exhibition: an immersive Salvador Dali exhibition until May 31st only.


Exhibtion: “Tatsuo Takayama: Every Universe a Flower in Your Hand” 角川武蔵野ミュージアムコレクション展vol.02 髙山辰雄―手のひらに花を―

Date: from Saturday May 18th to Sunday July 7th 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. From winter to spring 2024; Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand.

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