Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum stands in a quiet corner of the Aoyama area, Tokyo.

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The Memorial Museum used to be Taro’s studio-cum-home where Taro lived for nearly 50 years.

Thankfully, ‘Picture taking is allowed’ in the museum.

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Taro’s passion and energy are still there. I felt a great amount of tension in the studio and I could barely breathe.

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Exhibition rooms

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Koinobori were swimming in the spring wind at the museum.
(According to Wikipedia, Koinobori, meaning "carp streamer" in Japanese, are carp-shaped windsocks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku, a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday; Children's Day)
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I had been wondering what Taro’s charming point is, but I found one when I was looking at the Koinobori … his innocence attracts people. It seems to me Taro’s childish innocence confronts adult life, conservative-minded people and old-fashioned system. Taro makes me realize that nobody can steal the innocence of children from us.

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