I recently received some great photos from a pop-up exhibition that occurred a few months ago in Japan. They were sent from the good people at Arima Toy Musuem [Note: website is in Japanese.] The show included over 450 works including Lothar Megendorfer, Ernest Nister, Vojtech Kubasta and Robert Sabuda. Many of these titles came from the collection of Mr. Hisashi Tate Emi Nishida Akio Omachi, who is also the director of the Arima Toy Museum.
The exhibit ran from July 18th to August 9th at the Kitanoda Festival (Sakai City Hall East House of Culture) and was organized by the Sakai City Cultural Hall East and Mainichi in cooperation with Arima Toy Museum and additional sponsorship by the Movable Book Society.
Besides the excellent displays of numerous noteworthy pop-up books, they also held a pop-up workshop where children could create their own pop-up masterpieces. Hopefully the next generation of Japanese paper engineers were inspired by classic books on display, maybe learned a technique or two at the workshop and will create some amazing pop-ups in the future.
And if I ever find myself in Japan I hope to make it to the Toy Museum to wander the three floors of toys, automata and train sets. Very cool!