Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition
ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE will hold its first exhibition, the Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition, in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Nemunoki Gakuen, from Friday, October 26 to Tuesday, December 25.
Nemunoki Gakuen (located in Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka; Mariko Miyagi, Principal) was founded in 1968 as the first school for handicapped children in Japan. The exhibition, which celebrates the 45th anniversary of Nemunoki Gakuen, will showcase the painting, yuzen-dyed fabrics and other artworks of the Nemunoki children, which have attracted a total of 5 million visitors in Japan and abroad, including Paris and New York. Mariko Miyagi, the Principal of Nemunoki Gakuen, has been credited for her dedication to child welfare and educational improvement, and has been awarded a number of prizes, including the Pestalozzi Education Reward, the Helen Keller Education Award and Special Grand Prix of the Red Cross Film Festival in Varna. In 2004, she was also recognized as an honorary citizen of Tokyo.
Nemunoki Children's Painting
Toshimitsu Homme "Baby Snowman"
Nemunoki Gakuen and Chubei Itoh II
Chubei Itoh II, who established the foundations of the current general trading company, learnt of the foundation of Nemunoki Gakuen through a newspaper article. He felt the need to do something, so he visited Nemunoki Gakuen soon after it opened to make a donation. It was the first donation given to Nemunoki Gakuen. Forty-five years on, ITOCHU is continuing the spirit of Chubei Itoh II and communicating Principal Mariko Miyagi's abiding belief, that no one is incompetent, to the public through the exhibition.
Overview of the Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition
|Sponsor||Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (TBD), Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Minato Ward|
|Exhibition dates||October 26, 2012 through December 25, 2012 (open every day during the exhibition)|
|Hours||11:00 to 19:00 (20:00 on Fridays)|
|Entry fee||General entry 500 yen, free for college students and younger (all entry fees will be donated to Nemunoki Gakuen)|