Seiji Togo and his design works

As Mr. Togo recalled saying “I lived like seeing a dream caught by charm among painting, music and literature from childhood,” he showed his interest in art regardless of its genres. Remarkably enough showing his early developed talent, he participated in the production line of “Minatoya” which a famous artist, Yumeji Takehisa owned, and contributed articles and illustrations to magazines when he was just a junior high school student at the Aoyama Gakuin.

Togo used a room as a painting studio at the Tokyo Philharmonie Akasaka Institute, which a composer Kosaku Yamada had founded, with an introduction of a Kontrabass player Jun Harada. As inspired by the music he listened to everyday in the institute, he had hoped to be a vocalist and took the entry examination of Tokyo National University of Art & Music and failed.

When he was eighteen years old, he had a first solo-show and next year, he was selected at the NIKA group exhibition and received the NIKA top award. Although he was lucky to have this fortunate start, he continued to have his wide scope and participated in article contribution and design work for such companies as the Club cosmetics and the SSS fountain pen. Even during his seven-year stay in France from 1921 to 1928, he worked as a designer for a glass company and the Galeries Lafayette
department stores.

After returning to Tokyo, he was not able to make ends meet only with painting, he tried to find a way out of the financial difficulty with article contribution, translation, and illustration. From 1933 on, the Tokyo Kasai, a former company of Yasuda Kasai (present Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.) started buying Togo’s work and asked him for design work of its leaflets and calendars.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity showing books he wrote, translated, and illustrated, with plate, glass, wrapping paper, fan, leaflet, calendar, medal, etc. along with his related 70 oil paintings and drawings

Exhibition Details

From December 17 (Sat.),2005 to January 14 (Sat.), 2006
(closed Mondays , December 26,2005 to January 4, 2006.)
Seiji Togo Memorial SOMPO JAPAN Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
SOMPO JAPAN Bldg.42nd Floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
Adults:500 Yen (400Yen)
University & High School Students:300Yen (200Yen)
( ) indicates discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.


20051024_001 Seiji Togo《Black Gloves》
20051024_002[1] Tokyo Kasai leaflet
20051024_003[1] Seiji Togo《Portrait of a Woman》
20051024_004[1] Tokyo Kasai leaflet
20051024_005[1] Seiji Togo《Surrealistic Stroll》
20051024_006[1] Seiji Togo《Nostalgia》
20051024_007[1] Seiji Togo《Bouquetl》
20051024_008[1] Seiji Togo《Bird and Girl》