PLAY! is part of the new GREEN SPRINGS complex in Tachikawa. On the entrance floor is the “Pictures and Words” themed PLAY! MUSEUM. Here one can view two exhibitions, one permanent and one special. When we visited, the special exhibition was a new exhibition presented by the creative unit, “tupera tupera.”
Aiko Morita, a press officer for PLAY!, told us, “ We are set up to let both adults and kids not only look at exhibits, but also jump into the world of picture books.”
There are many faces displayed, including the defining work, Kao Noto (“Face Notebook”), and other original images, as well as the Kao 10 (“Ten face”), a lineup of two-meter-size faces.
The permanent exhibition venue, which has many windows and openings in the walls, was built so that the space itself resembles a picture book. In FY2020, the permanent exhibition, which introduces a famous picture book author throughout the year, is presenting Eric Carle: Book to Play, a joint exhibition with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts, USA.