Christmas morning broke on a beautiful white world. It had been a very mild December and people had looked forward to a green Christmas; but just enough snow fell softly in the night to transfigure Avonlea. Anne peeped out from her frosted gable window with delighted eyes. The firs in the Haunted Wood were all feathery and wonderful; the birches and wild cherry trees were outlined in pearl; the plowed fields were stretches of snowy dimples; and there was a crisp tang in the air that was glorious.
Hankyu Umeda Gallery, which is located on the ninth floor of the Hankyu Umeda Department Store in Osaka, will hold an art exhibition dedicated to the works of the late animator/director Yoshifumi Kondo, who passed away in January 1998 at age of 47.
He is known as the director of the Studio Ghibli’s 1995 film Mimi wo Sumaseba/Whisper of the Heart and his key animation/character design works for many TV anime/films by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, such as Anne of Green Gables (1979), Sherlock Hound (1984-1985), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), and Princess Mononoke (1997).
The exhibition will display 500 drawings and materials from the anime titles he worked on, including storyboards, image boards, key animation arts, and various sketches. It will open from April 27 to May 9. The admission fee is 900 yen (adult), 700 yen (high and junior high school student), and kids under elementary school age can enter for free. Limited clear files and postcards featuring his illustrations will be also sold.