July Photo Exhibition : June 26 - July 31
A Selection of Original Animated Drawings
‘Gauche the Cellist’
Featuring work from the late Isao Takahata's animated masterpiece


This month's exhibition gives us a rare insight into how Japanese anime movies are made. July's
exhibition features special enlarged prints of original drawings from the classic 1981 animated
masterpiece "Gauche the Cellist,” based on the work of the same title first published in 1934 by well-
known Japanese grass roots poet and author of children's stories, Kenji Miyazawa. (Supported by
EPSON & Oh! Production)

Born in 1896, Kenji was a writer much in the same vein as Walt Whitman or Beatrice Potter, but with a
heart like John Ruskin. In his short life of 37 years, he wrote numerous poems and anthropomorphic fairy
tales, but the setting of many of his works is the fictional idealistic homeland of Ihatov, modeled on the
countryside around his hometown-present-day Hanamaki City in Iwate Prefecture. Indeed, this area
could be called the Japanese people's spiritual homeland. Kenji himself learned to play the cello and
loved Beethoven's Symphony No.6.

The late Isao Takahata, the director who established the foundations of Japanese animation, spent five
years to complete the feature-length animation "Gauche the Cellist" in 1981, based on Kenji's work of the
same title. This is a story of a young man's struggle and growth, and a poetic fantasy work set to
Beethoven’s Pastrol Symphony.

Movie Screening (Free) & Live Cello Performance
To enhance the movie experience, we have a special surprise. Please come to see this masterpiece
animated theater version during your summer vacation, and bring your children along! Then after the
movie, we will have a live cello performance by up-and-coming cello player, Ms. Lynn Tsuburai, who will
play the anime’s original tunes composed by Yoshio Mamiya, as well as other music from the film.

Saturday, July 27, 2024
2:00 p.m. reception, 2:30 p.m. screening (approx. 60 minutes)
followed by cello performance.
Music Charge: Adults 2,000 yen  (with 1 drink) Free for 2 children accompanied by adult.
Children (up to 18 years old) 500 yen

For reservations, please email: front@fccj.or.jp Or call 03 3211-3161
Cancellations after 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, will be charged in full.

Peter Lyon (Exhibition Chair)

2024年 7月の展示会
青春映画としての故・高畑勲制作の名作アニメ映画「セロ弾きのゴーシュ」Gauche the Cellist






アニメーション映画「セロ弾きのゴーシュ」上映会(無料)& チェロ生演奏(有料)
7月27日(土) 午後2時受付
2時30分上映開始(約60分 /英語字幕付き)
大人 2,000 円 (1ドリンク付き) お子様2名まで同伴無料
子供 (18歳まで) 500 円
御予約はメールで front@fccj.or.jp またはお電話03 3211-3161より御予約下さい。
7月19日 (金) 18:00以降のキャンセルはフル・チャージとなります。 

Peter Lyon (Exhibition Committee)