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Shiozawa, Hatsuchi

Spring/Summer Exhibition: The World of Fairy Tail (first semester)


Uncovering the fun of fairy tales (Fairy Tale)

In Fairy Tales, there exist stories of a type that transcend human power and magical phenomena.
Deeply connected to these is the existence of “fairies.
Fairies” in folk tales include not only beings in human form with wings, but also the wizard (or nymph) in “Cinderella,” the dwarf in “Rumpelstiltschen,” and the big man in “Jack and the Beanstalk.
Many of these “fairy” legends have been told in the British Isles, which consists of England, Ireland, and other countries. In Wales and Ireland, for example, there are records of folklore passed down among the Celtic peoples, such as the “Travels in Wales” written by Giraldus Camprensis, a 12th century historian.
Then, in the 16th century, Shakespeare wrote fairy tales such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest,” and fairy belief reached its peak in England.
However, the belief in fairies was lost over time. What revived it was the wave of collecting and publishing folktales in many countries around the beginning of the 19th century.
Grimm’s fairy tales, especially those known as “Red Riding Hood,” are one such example. In England, folktales became widely read in books with the publication of J.O. Halliwell’s “English Fairy Tales and Folktales of England” in 1849 and Joseph Jacobs’ “English Fairy Tales” in 1890.
Jacobs has collected some of the best-known British folktales, including “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “The Three Little Pigs.
Thus, the existence of fairies came to life along with the old tales.
This exhibition focuses on the relationship between fairies and folktales based on the research of Asami Fujimoto (advisor to Karuizawa Picture Book Museum), president of the Picture Book Society of Japan and a scholar of folktales, and introduces folktales and similar stories, mainly from England and Grimm’s fairy tales.

2022 Spring Picture Book

Jack and the Beanstalk, 1875, painting by Walter Crane.

0Another story of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a similar story of “Cinderella” around the world, and other secrets of folk tales.
0 Genealogy of fairy tales in the British Isles, including Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland, is also presented.

session (of a legislature)

Saturday, March 12, 2022 – Monday, June 20, 2022

Karuizawa Picture Book Forest Art Museum

Single theater adult: 950 yen
Single theater junior high and high school students: 600 yen
Elementary school students: 450 yen

Set ticket for two museums with Ertz Toy Museum Karuizawa

Adults: 1,400 yen
Junior high and high school students: 900 yen
Elementary school students: 650 yen


Karuizawa Picture Book Forest Art Museum
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