The Poem and Märchen Gallery displays all of Takashi Yanase’s artworks from the Shitomeruhen (Poem and Märchen) magazine, including magazine covers and illustrations. Though the gallery is small, it is full of dreams, joy, love, tears and warmth. This is a different kind of Yanase-world. Let’s say “I like…” when we like things. Let’s shed tears when we are sad. Let’s smile when we are happy. This is a gallery of hearts just the way they are.
Shitomeruhen (Poem and Märchen) grew from Takashi Yanase’s earnest love for poems, paintings and comics. It was a monthly magazine made up of reader contributions. “Seeing so many great artists develop and flourish through their involvement with this magazine was an irreplaceable pleasure.” From the first issue in 1973 to its cessation in 2003, 385 editions in total were issued. Artists whose talents were fostered by this magazine became successful in various fields. “This magazine is a little strange. It’s based on my personal taste. The magazine is edited roughly with large font to enable it to be read easily. The readership of this magazine is around 10 to 90 years old. It features the work of some professional poets, but most of the poems are by unknown people that I collected from mimeographed coterie magazines and handwritten poetry books. I am prepared for low sales of this magazine, so it is created the way I wanted without restrictions and as luxuriously as possible. I don’t want to be tainted by commercialism but if the magazine won’t sell at all it will be finished after the first issue. If it will sell 10,000 copies, then we will break even and we can make the second issue. Well, how will it be? Would you purchase this magazine?”