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Friday, April 1, 2005


Cuddly creatures delight Japanese

"Gaspard et Lisa" is a popular series of picture books created by a Paris-based couple, Georg Hallensleben and Anne Gutman. The series was first published in France in 1999, with Gutman writing the story and Hallensleben creating the images. The stories has been translated into German, English, Japanese, Greek and other languages. Bright colors and a unique look have won the hearts of not only children but also legions of young women. In Japan, 19 stories from the series have been published.

Gaspard et Lisa are two lovable quasi-canine creatures who travel around the world finding their way out of various scrapes. About 120 original paintings by Hallensleben, including works from the new Penelope stories, are on display.

The "Gaspard et Lisa" exhibition is open 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Daimaru Museum on the 12th floor of Daimaru department store on the Yaesu side of JR Tokyo Station.

Admission is 800 yen for adults, 600 yen for unviersity and seniro high school students and free for middle school students and younger children.

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