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Summer Exhibition: Alice in Mirror Country / Karuizawa Museum of Picture Book Art

Alice in Mirrorland, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland
What kind of stories? What are Mother Goose and non-sense poems?

Originally published in 1871 as a sequel to Alice in Wonderland (published in 1865), Alice in Mirrorland celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
In “Alice in Mirrorland,” the setting is the chess world beyond the mirror, and Alice follows the game. In addition to the Red King and Queen, the White Queen and King appear, and finally Alice becomes the Queen, but when Alice wakes up from her dream, she is forced to wonder whose dream this was.
The film features Mother Goose characters such as Humpty Dumpty and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. These no-nonsense songs are also key to the story, including “The Jabberwock Poem,” which appears at the beginning of the story.
What is the difference between “Alice in Wonderland” and “Land of Mirrors,” and what are Mother Goose and non-sense poetry? We will discuss the fascination of “non-sense” in the history of British picture books, along with illustrations of “Alice in Mirrorland” by modern and contemporary painters.

The author Lewis Carroll created “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice in Mirrorland” because of the existence of a real-life girl named Alice Liddell.
This exhibition details the story of “Alice in the Land of Mirrors” chapter by chapter, and explains the episodes of Carroll and Alice Liddell. Visitors can see an authentic autographed “Alice in the Land of Mirrors” by Alice Liddell (later Mrs. Hargreaves), the model for Alice, the main character of the story!

session (of a legislature)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – Monday, October 11, 2021

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
*For more information, please go to the tourist facility information at the bottom of the page.

Hours of Operation

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in June: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in June and July through October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

closed day

During the exhibition period, 6/29 (Tue), 10/5 (Tue) *Open all year from July to September

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