A-I-U-E-O: Learning Japanese Letters & Numbers with Anno Mitsumasa Japanese Language Workshop


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‘A’ for Anpan (Red Bean Bun) © Anno Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Anno Art Museum.

Join us in the cosy reading cove within the Anno’s Journey exhibition for a Japanese language workshop inspired by the work of the beloved Japanese illustrator Anno Mitsumasa.

A former primary school teacher before becoming a professional illustrator in his later life, Anno’s playful and engaging works entertain while also enticing the reader to learn and explore the subject matter further. These include ‘The A-I-U-E-O Book’ (1976) which depicts each of the syllables from the hiragana syllabary which is used to write the Japanese language.

In this lesson, performer Komura Tomoko uses Anno’s much-loved picture books to introduce Japanese numbers and hiragana characters.

This event introduces beginner content but is open to all. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is held in co-operation with the Japan Foundation London.

The exhibition Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa is on display in the Japan House Gallery until 27 October 2019.

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