Wakayama Ken (1930-2015) was the author of a long-running series of picture books called Koguma-chan, which centers on a bear of the same name. The books are notable for the amazing breadth and diversity of Wakayama’s creativity and artistic expression. This exhibition, the first to examine the entire scope of the artist’s rich creative world, consists of approximately 230 items, including original illustrations and related materials. The displays also focus on Wakayama’s other important works, such as Kitsuneyama no yomeiri (The Fox’s Wedding), distinguished by gently fantastic pictures shrouded in social messages, and the Obake no doron doron series, which deals with a crybaby ghost who tries to do the best he can. Viewers are also sure to enjoy the artist’s illustrations for traditional folktales and poetry collections.