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Why, Mother, Why? (Okasan no baka)

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  • Title (object)

    • Why, Mother, Why? (Okasan no baka)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. English text.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1965
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  • Curator's comments

    A beautifully illustrated children's book describing the touching story of little Miyuki trying to come to terms with the death of her mother. This story is remarkable on several levels: It is a true story. The mother died just before partaking in a swimming competition in Miyuki's school. To cope with the sudden loss Miyuki started to write poems addressed to her mother, which were subsequently published in the Asahi Newspaper. Furthermore the girl was a Christian, still very much a minority in Japan. This is an surprisingly intimate portrait of a subject that is more or less considered a taboo in most countries. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Exhibition history


    2010 Feb-Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.65 (Photobook number)

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