Eric Carle Loves Japan includes never-before-seen photographs of Carle’s visits to Japan over a 32-year period. Of special interest are the original illustrations by Carle and Kazuo Iwamura from their book Where Are You Going? To See My Friend!, a 2001 collaboration between two picture book giants. Also on view are Carle’s illustrated haiku, Japanese word collages, and the portrait he made of a mother specifically for the Japanese edition of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
There are several unique objects on view, including a Japanese quilted version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, exclusive Japanese merchandise, and prints donated by the Chihiro Art Museum when the Museum opened in 2002.
The Carle’s chief curator, Ellen Keiter, organized the exhibition with Courtney Waring, director of education, Motoko Inoue, Carle’s longtime creative director, and Rachel Hass, Carle’s former assistant and now a member of the Museum staff. Keiter says, “The exhibition is more personal than most, highlighting Eric’s fondness for Japanese culture. It includes ephemera like handwritten notes and photographs."
The exhibition opens on March 18, 2023, and will be on view through August 20, 2023.