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Yumeji Art Museum

The exhibits at the Yumeji Art Museum Okayama, celebrate the artistic genius of painter, illustrator, poet, and writer Yumeji Takehisa, born in Okayama in 1884, and famous for his drawings of women during the Taisho era (1912-1926).

The women depicted in the drawings—‘Yumeji bijin-ga’—are distinctive in that they have slim bodies, large eyes, and drawn in typical Japanese scenes such as a fireworks festival and rising moon.

Since opening in 1966 the museum has welcomed many visitors—both local and overseas—and the award of a Michelin Guide Star in 2007 underscores the importance and popularity of the approximately 3000 exhibits on display in the refined surroundings that are a mixture of Japanese and Western designs.

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